Comfort H/S Bite Splint

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Comfort H/S Bite Splint

In addition to causing wear to natural dentition, the forces of bruxing and clenching can compromise the restorations for which you put in so much time and care for your patients. Fabricated with precision by Riverside Dental Ceramics, Comfort H/S™ Bite Splints consist of a hard outer layer and a soft inner layer, maximizing comfort while protecting your patient’s smile. Riverside Dental Ceramics uses advanced thermoforming methods to achieve an optimal fit and ideal retention for your occlusal appliance — at an affordable price that simplifies your patient’s decision to protect their dental restoration.

Simple Splint Therapy Utilizing Hard Soft Occlusal Splints

More than one-third of patients are ideal candidates for occlusal splints due to bruxism, clenching or post-operative situations. In this video, Dr. Michael DiTolla discusses the ways in which the uncomfortable splints of the past have been replaced with patient friendly, comfortable soft/hard occlusal splints. Also discussed is how to take impressions for splints, bite splint fabrication, and bite splint delivery. Plus, Dr. DiTolla stresses the importance of early diagnosis of bruxing and clenching, one night of which Dr. Gordon Christensen equates to 100 days of normal wear.

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Indications

The Comfort H/S Bite Splint is made to protect the occlusal surfaces of the teeth from damage or wear. Comfort H/S Splints can be fabricated for the upper or the lower arch.

Benefits for the Patient

  • Protects cosmetic restorations such as veneers and crowns.
  • Relieves discomfort caused by bruxing, clenching and TMJ.
  • The polyurethane layer enhances the durability and comfort of the bite splint.

Prep Requirements: Impression, Bite Registration Guidelines

Start with an accurate, void-free impression of both arches. Ensure no tears or bubbles are present in impression material for precision fit. Instruct patient to close into centric relation to verify midline position and bite. Then, place two cotton rolls behind the cuspids and instruct patient to close; with patient in open bite, inject bite registration into the posterior openings of both quadrants. In addition, inject bite registration into anterior opening to capture a complete open construction bite.

Patient Delivery

  • Seat splint and evaluate fit and retention. If adjustments are necessary, adjust with carbide bur or Lisko-S disc. Polish if needed. Once seated in the patient’s mouth, check bite with marking tape to identify premature occlusion; adjust and polish as needed.

ADA Codes

  • D9940 – Occlusal Guard

Indications

The Comfort H/S Bite Splint is made to protect the occlusal surfaces of the teeth from damage or wear. Comfort H/S Splints can be fabricated for the upper or the lower arch.

Benefits for the Patient

  • Protects cosmetic restorations such as veneers and crowns.
  • Relieves discomfort caused by bruxing, clenching and TMJ.
  • The polyurethane layer enhances the durability and comfort of the bite splint.

Prep Requirements: Impression, Bite Registration Guidelines

Start with an accurate, void-free impression of both arches. Ensure no tears or bubbles are present in impression material for precision fit. Instruct patient to close into centric relation to verify midline position and bite. Then, place two cotton rolls behind the cuspids and instruct patient to close; with patient in open bite, inject bite registration into the posterior openings of both quadrants. In addition, inject bite registration into anterior opening to capture a complete open construction bite.

Patient Delivery

  • Seat splint and evaluate fit and retention. If adjustments are necessary, adjust with carbide bur or Lisko-S disc. Polish if needed. Once seated in the patient’s mouth, check bite with marking tape to identify premature occlusion; adjust and polish as needed.

ADA Codes

  • D9940 – Occlusal Guard