Splint Therapy

Splints are used to treat and manage a number of conditions.

  • Bruxing (grinding)
  • TMJ (joint) pain
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Muscle pain

Two types of splints are used:

  • Full arch (Michigan) splints
  • NTI splints

Splints can be made to fit either jaw. We will determine which jaw is most suitable based on the size, shape and position of your teeth

Full-arch (Michigan) splints

Full-arch (Michigan) splints are the most commonly prescribed form of splint. In this design of splint, all the teeth in the opposing arch are in contact with the splint. This helps to protect the teeth and restorations from the forces of excessive grinding that often happens while sleeping. Michigan splints are also used in the treatment of joint and muscle pain.

Splints can be fitted to either the top or bottom teeth.

At the first appointment we take upper and lower impressions, from which models are made. The models are sent to the dental laboratory, where the splint is made. A few days later, at the second appointment, the splint is refined to match the way your teeth fit together.

Full-arch (Michigan) splint

NTI

NTI

An NTI is a small plastic device that patients wear at night while sleeping. We primarily prescribe NTIs for patient who suffer from migraines. In some cases we use them to treat bruxing and clenching even if there is no migraine component.

Fitting an NTI is a single visit procedure.

For excellent information about the NTI, please visit the NTI Patient Information website.

Need more information?

For more information about our dental practice in general, or if you have a specific question about your dental care needs, please call us on (02) 8883 4560, email our dental practice at info@lipworth.com.au or send us a message below and we will do our best to help you.

How can our dental practice help you with your dental care needs?

Whether your dental care needs are a regular dental check-up or you require more comprehensive dental care, the team at our dental practice will do our best to provide you with the best possible advice and care.

Dr. KEN LIPWORTH, BDS
Dr. KEN LIPWORTH, BDSDentist
DEBRA EGELTON
DEBRA EGELTONPractice Manager
PAIGE VUCINIC
PAIGE VUCINICDental Nurse

Want more information about our dental practice?

For more information about our dental practice in general, or if you have a specific question about your dental care needs, please call us on (02) 8883 4560, email our dental practice at info@lipworth.com.au or send us a message below and we will do our best to help you.