Posts by Elizabeth Caughey


Some bite splints are easier to make than others! Rotated teeth, large bony exostoses, and exaggerated inclinations can create weakness in a splint. Find this resource on how to engineer a sturdy bite splint, regardless of the challenges. Included are steps on how to repair a fractured splint.

Splint Repairs and Other Tip by Elizabeth Caughey, DDS 

Posted December 21, 2016 at 2:38PM

When a patient has an active R TMCC pattern that needs occlusal management, a lower MOOO style bite splint is my go-to intervention. But not all malocclusions are created equal, and the question comes up frequently on how to manage a bite with various degrees of malposition and alternate occlusal schemes. I have attached a resource on how I manage missing teeth, transposed teeth, cross bites and open bites; and the thinking that goes into why I choose to deviate from the standard design process with various malocclusions.

Posted October 14, 2016 at 10:17PM

Fitting a bite splint to achieve its original design requires attention to how the splint fits over the teeth it engages - as well as the opposing row of teeth. This installation shows some postural concepts in positioning the patient within the dental chair to optimally improve the cranio-cervical relationship prior to adapting the maxillary-mandibular relationship.

Posted January 14, 2016 at 2:59PM

Many patients with an active R TMCC pattern will need disclusion of the teeth to inhibit the TMCC.  In my practice, our go-to resource for that inhibition occurs via a lower mandibular bite splint. Click on this link to see part 1 (of a 3 part series) of a step-by-step file on how we build our splints clear, thin and strong.

Elizabeth Caughey DDS

Posted November 12, 2015 at 6:59PM
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