Flat Occlusal Splint

Occlusal Splints otherwise known as Nightguards, Talon Splints or Bite Plates are manufactured for several important uses including: TMJ treatment, Bruxism, Protection of existing dentition, Protection of new dental restoration. Not all occlusal splints are created equally Patients are presenting with multiple reasons for needing this type of dental intervention. One of the major challenges is designing a splint that accurately captures the occlusal scheme, is not too bulky, protects the opposing dentition, and patients are able to adapt to and wear long term. Patient adaption and compliance is the major challenge and this article will explore how to overcome this.

Category: Removable Tag: Upper or Lower


Treatment & Care

Occlusal splints can be fabricated from a variety of materials depending on the causes and effects of the trauma, the patient’s compliance, the dentist’s preferences, as well as a myriad of other determinants. There are also an infinite number of designs that can be chosen from, to match the clinical needs, treatment outcomes and the philosophies of the dentist and patient. These removable devices are now manufactured in two ways. The original, popular and orthodox method is to custom-make the Splint with heat cured resin molded to fit the occlusal surfaces of the teeth on either a Plaster model poured from a Physical impression or from a 3D resin printed model. The materials used for this method are the most premium available including Clear Splint and Proform.

The other method, is to design the Splint in CAD from an Intraoral scan and mill the Splint in strong, high quality material. The resulting appliance is then supplied with a 3D printed model. This new application is revolutionary from the perspective of Occlusal relationship analysis and design and from the perspective of sustainable manufacturing and patient comfort. Patients should wear at night and clean daily with toothpaste to prevent the buildup of plaque and odor. Avoid Efferdent and other effervescent solutions, as it may erode components on the appliance. It is recommended to use products like Dent Soak or Retainer Splash.

  • Acrylic: JBD Monomer and Polymer
  • Clasps: .032 Leone Ball Clasps