Talon Occlusal Splint: A Must-Have Treatment Option for Every Dental Practice

 

Per the Glossary of Prosthodontic Terms [8th ed.], an “occlusal splint is a removable artificial occlusal surface for diagnosing or treating a changed relationship between the mandible and the maxilla. It is used for occlusal stabilisation, treating temporomandibular disorders, or to prevent dental wear.”

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction or temporomandibular disorder encompasses the pain and dysfunction of the masticatory muscles and those managing the temporomandibular joint. This may arise from trauma to the joint or face, misaligned teeth, inflammatory or degenerative arthritis, or parafunctional activities like bruxism.

Bruxism involves involuntary nocturnal teeth grinding and clenching. Since it occurs unbeknownst to the patient, early diagnosis is challenging. This habit can wreak havoc on the entire stomatognathic system, leading to a plethora of side effects such as headaches, muscle soreness, and severe tooth wear, causing sensitivity, among others.

Occlusal splints offer a definitive remedy for this issue by providing occlusal stabilisation. Essentially, this technique ensures even contact between teeth when the jaw is closed, preventing any tooth movement. Hence, occlusal stabilisation is vital for the teeth, TMJ, and jaw muscles to function properly. An occlusal splint aims to protect the TMJ discs from traumatic or excessive forces that might rupture or displace them. The primary goal is to establish a stable bite, thereby improving muscle function and reducing related pain.

 

Talon Occlusal Splints: What Sets Them Apart?

Occlusal splint therapy is widely recognised as a safe, highly effective, and non-invasive treatment for TMJ dysfunction. Oceanic Dental Laboratory is proud to offer its partner dentists one of the most innovative technologies in splint therapy: Talon occlusal splints.

Talon occlusal splints consist of a unique thermoplastic material known for its blend of flexibility and strength. This soft and pliable material ensures maximum comfort and a precise fit for patients. Here are further reasons why Talon occlusal splints are favoured:

No Leaching – These splints do not release plasticisers into the mouth, maintaining their integrity and longevity.

Shape Memory – The material can return to its original form even after being deformed, ensuring long-term fit and comfort.

Enhanced Retention – Talon occlusal splints soften in warm water, making them easy to insert and adapt to dental undercuts, improving retention without the need for clasps.

Superior Wear Resistance – They exhibit wear resistance on par with hard acrylic surfaces.

Versatile – The material is suitable for all splint designs, making it an ideal option for managing bruxism, orthodontic stabilisation, or TMJ dysfunction.

No Warping – Talon occlusal splints retain their shape and flexibility over time.

Having undergone rigorous laboratory testing, Talon thermoplastic material has demonstrated superior outcomes, making it the preferred choice for splint therapy. Oceanic Dental Laboratory, a leader in Australian dental technology and quality service, continually updates its offerings with the latest dental innovations.

For splints that assure comfort and seamless function, look no further than Talon occlusal splints. Contact our specialists at Oceanic Dental Laboratory for more information.