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DIR® measurements ensure the precision of the DIR® bite splint. For long-lasting dental prostheses and perfect functionality.

Manual-clinical functional diagnostics enable the dentist to quickly ascertain if the patient has a functional disorder (TMD). But in order for the disorder to be corrected effectively, the patient needs to be precisely surveyed intraorally. Only on the basis of the digital data collected during this instrumental functional analysis using the DIR® System 2 (digital support pin) can a DIR® bite splint that fits perfectly be produced to correct a functional disorder (e.g. malocclusion , incorrectly aligned temporomandibular joints). Correcting the functional disorder using a DIR® bite splint reliably ensures the success of all further courses of treatment.

The DIR® dental practice: benefits for patients and laboratories

It is better for both the patient and the laboratory when dentists practice using DIR® (Dynamic Intraoral Registration): dentists like these are entitled to use DIR® diagnostics and treat patients with the DIR® bite splint, which is very different to conventional bruxism splints – it is a precision tool used to effectively correct the entire jaw and occlusal situation.

Functional disorder: correction using the DIR® bite splint

Bruxism and jaw-clicking that point to TMD are still being treated using simple bruxism splints. Although they stop further dental deterioration, they ignore the fundamental problem: the necessary correction of both jaw and bite. The DIR® bite splint is different: the bottom line is that its sure-fire effectiveness against TMD and its symptoms allow dentists to fit perfect functional prostheses too.

The course of treatment using a DIR® bite splint:

  • A DIR® survey of mandible positioning horizontally to the maxilla (jaw position)
  • Production of a comfortable, phonetically and aesthetically optimal plastic DIR® bite splint using survey data
  • Patient wears the DIR® bite splint to reposition his or her mandibular condyles
  • 3-month use of the DIR® bite splint to adjust the masticatory muscles to the new jaw and occlusal position, depending on the diagnosis 12-24 h/day

DIR® diagnostics and therapy using the DIR® bite splint improve the service provided by dentists overall. Those interested should contact a DIR® partner laboratory or ask the “Society for Functional Diagnostics” about where to find a DIR® partner nearby.

Related content:

Functional diagnostics
The DIR® Concept
The DIR® System 2

DIR Schiene 02The DIR® bite splint differs significantly from conventional “teeth grinding splints”. It is a precision tool used to effectively correct the entire jaw and occlusal situation.

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The 2-day DIR® dental technician workshop consolidates dental technicians’ knowledge of DIR® functional diagnostics (e.g. methods for dental technicians in line with DIR® surveying) and is the basis for eye-to-eye communication with the dentist.