Clinical problem solving - helping dentists to help their jaw pain patients

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QuickSplint® temporary bite plane provides compelling visual evidence of parafunction, improving patient understanding and case acceptance. Here are a few examples of how QuickSplint can aid clenchers and grinders. 

A) Perio patient is a grinder

You can see the abfractions and worn dentition on her teeth. You want to get the teeth out of occlusion while she sleeps, so her gum tissue
can heal without complication. 

B) Developing treatment plan for full mouth restoration

You have a classic case of treating worn dentition for a man in his fifties. The case could be staged, or you might try to accelerate the schedule, given some comments about his budget and timing. Before you finalize your choice of materials, you’d like to know if the parafunction is still active, and if so, is it severe?

C) Your practice needs a new patient promotion

Your practice needs a promotion that will attract new patients and be meaningful to the bottom line. Lots of other practices offer whitening promotions. It is hard to stand out. 

Clinical problem solving scenarios

Deprogramming With QUICKSPLINT

Many dentists think that anterior bite plane (ABP) deprogrammers are all the same. And at their core, they all do the same thing. But when used as a deprogrammer, QuickSplint provides the ideal combination of features, ease-of-use, and affordability that make it the most versatile and practical ABP deprogrammer for today's dental practice. Here are some common deprogramming scenarios you might see in your practice.

A) New digital case, need for deprogramming

You are excited to have this great digital case, yet your somewhat high-strung patient can present so many different bite records that it doesn’t even matter how feature-rich your technology is. It is going to take at least a couple weeks of deprogramming until you can get another shot at taking bite records.

B) Severe wear patient wants full mouth reconstruction

You see a new patient with severe wear that is interested in a smile make-over and wants your opinion.

C) Patient with recurring, severe tension headaches

You have a patient in today for his regular cleaning. He’s in a lot of pain from a tension headache and he’s miserable.  

Here's How to Deprogram With QUICKSPLINT

Here's How to Deprogram With QUICKSPLINT

In (A) you provide QuickSplint as a safe and comfortable overnight deprogrammer, instructing the patient to wear it overnight for two weeks. You make an appointment to take bite records and provide specific instructions for the day of the appointment. 

In (B) you are delighted at the prospect of helping your patient with a new smile and explain the first step is proper case planning starting with investigation of possible parafunction. You provide
QuickSplint for overnight wear for a period of two weeks. At the follow up, you examine the QuickSplint for wear marks, and utilize the Parafunction Risk Rating Protocol to document risk and use this determination in treatment planning and material selection.

In (C) your hygienist alerts you to the situation. You want to help your patient get some relief, so you have your assistant make him a QuickSplint temporary bite plane to wear at night for three weeks, and provide him with HEALS Patient Self-Care Measures and JAW Rx-Ercises, daytime exercises to help with tension headaches and jaw pain. Your team makes a follow-up phone call in two days to see if he is feeling better. If he is feeling improved with the use of QuickSplint, your staff schedules him for an appointment for long-term appliance therapy.

Protect and Heal with QuickSplint - what using your jaw splint at night means

Protect and Heal with QuickSplint

Send your patients home with an immediate, comfortable overnight solution to protect their teeth and new dental work and prevent tooth, jaw and facial pain. Use of QuickSplint minimizes possible complications and helps smooths transitions in staged treatment.

A) Patient wants perfect anterior veneers

She is a delightful patient willing to pay for perfection. You have selected materials that will perform well under stress of her parafunctional behavior. However, she is a fierce clencher and there’s a chance that she is going to knock off her provisionals when she is on her high stakes business trip next week. Trip timing is not ideal. There have been other instances where she has come back for a re-do.

B) Wrapping up an Invisalign case

The patient is happy with her bite and new look.  She’s one of those patients that wanted to analyze all the options. She is a value investor type and believes that it’s worth paying for Invisalign if the results
are lasting.   

C) Performing periodontal laser treatment with the LANAP® Protocol

Your patient has severe gum disease and wants minimally invasive treatment. He’s a good candidate who seems determined to improve his oral health that he previously neglected.

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Here's How to Encourage Post-Op Healing:

In (A) you recognize this high stress situation for this beautiful professional woman. You make a QuickSplint for her to wear over her provisionals and emphasize that she brings QuickSplin with her on the trip. When it’s time for veneer placement, you reline the QuickSplint and instruct her to wear it over the new veneers when she sleeps until the lab delivers a custom appliance to protect those beautiful teeth.

In (B) you decide to give the patient a QuickSplint to wear at night, over her last set of trays. You know that can help you determine whether she needs a hard acrylic nightguard as a final retainer or just the three sets of trays you give most patients. She’s pleased that you care to check this possibility and she is willing to invest in the hard acrylic nightguard as insurance her teeth won’t move. 

In (C) you provide QuickSplint for post-operative use as a part of the LANAP Protocol to keep the teeth stable and out of occlusion while protecting the gums and fibrin clot. QuickSplint is comforting to the patient and contributes to recovery of jaw muscles and joints.

Preventing jaw strain is easier than end up needing a jaw splint

Preventing Jaw Strain is Easier

Leading dentists use QuickSplint to minimize the risk of jaw injury during dental procedures and help the jaw relax and recover post operatively. Here are a few examples of how QuickSplint can be utilized to provide an extra measure of care for higher risk patients. 

A) Posterior crown prep was hard the last time

You and your staff remember last year, when she couldn’t keep her jaw open during crown prep on #18. She had limited range-of-motion to start, and she wanted breaks and looked anxious about the time it was taking.  She is scheduled for a crown prep on #19 this week, and she told your staff she dreads the procedure.

B) High risk patient

Your treatment coordinator is with the patient, scheduling two appointments for scaling and root planing, with the second appointment for two weeks after the first. The treatment coordinator has the patient fill out the JAMSS Risk Assessment Questionnaire; she spots red flags in the patient’s responses. 

C) Signs of jaw fatigue

Young woman has her first root canal.  She was nervous and highly agitated before the procedure. There were some signs of jaw fatigue during the RCT.  Do you manage the risk of sudden onset of jaw pain n ow,or see what manifests? You don’t want to cause alarm or worry.