How to Identify a Good TJMD Appliance

How to Identify a Good TJMD Appliance

Oral devices for TMJD have traditionally been made from plastic. Bite planes are bite raising appliances typically made by a dentist. They may be a soft acrylic bite guard, a rigid plastic framework with a soft bite surface, or a hard bite guard. The hard plastic bite guard might be trimmed to enable ideal functional jaw and tooth movements. These hard bite guards are called Michigen splints.

Whilst plastic is a cost effective material and straightforward to adjust, it does have some major limitations. It is a comparatively weak material and oral devices therefore have to be rather bulky which makes them uncomfortable for the patient to wear. Plastic devices quickly deform and degrade in the mouth, particularly when subjected to clenching and grinding, and have to be replaced regularly. Furthemore they quickly become infested by oral fungi and bacteria, making them unhygienic and unpleasant for the patient to wear.

The Somnowell appliance is the newest generation of splint for TMJD. It is made from chrome cobalt alloy and offers many advantages over the standard plastic splints. Chrome cobalt alloy is extremely strong and robust, like gold it does not deform or degrade in the mouth and is impervious to the effects of clenching and grinding. The Somnowell is also much smaller and therefore more comfortable. It has the extra advantages of being highly resistant to oral fungi and very hard wearing. After many years of usage the Somnowell appliance will feel and look exactly the same. The overall result is a much more agreeable experience for the user and an effective treatment for TMJD.