Re: 2 seconds reply, please write to me..i need to know by friday, quick splint quest
I think the choice of which splints to use is pretty much left up to the dr but it may also depend on the problem and what needs to be treated - not necessarily the symptom you are experiencing. Diff people will experience diff symptoms even if they have the same problem b/c structurally we are all unique. Repositioning splints are often used when the jaw has slipped or deviated to a position not conducive to normal joint and condyle functioing and are often used to allow for the recapture of discs as well. Once this is accomplished a stabilizing splint is often then used to - as the name implies - to stabilize the jaw and prevent it from deviating. After a period of time, the patient then either chooses to remain with this splint or have their teeth adjusted or corrected to provide the same benefits the stabilzation splint achieved. For those whose main problem is an unbalanced bite or where the issue is one of occlusion only a stabilizing splint may work as the splint can be designed to even out or equalize the biting plane and "contacts" are often added to help keep the jaw in place.
Good luck this Friday with your appt - I hope it goes well and that you get some answers.
Last edited by Thelma-Louise; 03-03-2009 at 10:52 PM.