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Splint - Deprogrammer

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

A dental deprogrammer, also known as a bite deprogrammer or an occlusal splint, is a dental device used to temporarily alter the occlusal (bite) relationship between the upper and lower teeth. It is primarily used to diagnose and treat conditions related to occlusion, such as temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) and bruxism (teeth grinding).

The deprogrammer is typically made of acrylic material and is custom-fitted to the patient's mouth. It works by providing a stable platform that separates the teeth and relaxes the jaw muscles, allowing the dentist to evaluate the patient's natural bite and determine the optimal occlusal position.

By wearing a dental deprogrammer, patients experience a temporary change in their bite, which helps identify any underlying issues causing discomfort or misalignment. Treatment plans can then be formulated based on the information gathered while using the deprogrammer, which may include orthodontic adjustments, restorative procedures, or bite splint therapy.

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