You may have never heard of Bite Splints if you are from the UK.

They are hard, rigid, custom 'tuned' bite plates usually made from acrylic that allow us to align the way the jaws come together. We can use Bite Splints to stabilise jaw joints as a therapy for Temporo Mandibular Joint Disorders or to find a suitable stable position for the bite when restoring a mouth or to control and distribute more favourably the forces of nocturnal (or daytime) grinding or clenching, a habit like condition known as 'Bruxism'.

Bite splints used for Bruxism are far more useful than rubber night guards which may actually serve to strengthen grinding muscles by acting like an exercise ball thus making the condition worse.

The symptoms associated with bite and jaw joint disorders are wide and varied. Bite Splints can if applied correctly serve to alleviate and in many cases completely reverse many of these often debilitating symptoms.

You can watch Lee’s testimonial of her experience of wearing a bite splint for just three weeks.

We thank directors Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino for this, what Dr Ahlowalia believes to be one of only three movie references to bite splints he knows of (At least his students find this highly amusing. The other clips are in the movies ‘Date Night’ & ‘Bad Neighbours’.

Click here for more articles from the Pankey Institiute about TMD / TMJ, Occlusion & Bite disorders.Occlusion_TMD_TMJ_and_Bite_Disorders.html

Dr Ahlowalia offers cosmetic dentistry including porcelain laminate veneers & white fillings, general dentistry including dental crowns, CEREC same day crowns, dental bridgework & dental implants. He is a 6 Month Smiles, Clearstep & Invisalign registered orthodontist and a tutor of Functional Dentistry, TMJ & TMD bite disorders for two American dental institutes. Dr Ahlowalia has been featured performing smile makeovers and full mouth rehabilitations for the Extreme Makeover UK television show and is a renowned facial aesthetician offering anti wrinkle treatments using Botox and facial rejuvenating dermal and lip fillers for comprehensive facial aesthetics.

Dr Ahlowalia’s practice is located in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire and is just 35 minutes by train from Central London.

His dental practice serves Biggleswade and the surrounding cities and towns, including; Bedford, St. Albans, Cambridge, Hitchin, Letchworth, Stevenage, Sandy, Hertford, Royston, Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City & St. Neots.

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