Initial therapy of occlusion

IMG_2833 In most cases the initial treatment approach for a temporomandibular

disorder (TMD) is an occlusal splint. The occlusal

splint has to be regarded as a reversible therapeutic method.

A definitive continuing treatment in orthodontics can only take

place after the splint has delivered an improvement of the

symptoms. As well as its use for the therapeutic approach, the

occlusal splint can also be used as a diagnostic tool, as it allows determination of the physiological, three-dimensional

position of the mandible. From this position, definitive orthodontic

treatment can be started.

Werner Schupp, Wolfgang Boisserée, Julia Funke,


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Journal of Aligner Orthodontics 2019;3(1):31–41

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