Advanced Dentistry

"Pankey" Bite Splints

Protect Your Teeth from Grinding and Clenching

Named after the esteemed dental educator Dr. L.D. Pankey, these custom-made dental appliances are designed to address various dental problems, including misaligned bites, teeth grinding (bruxism), and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ or TMD).


The Purpose of Pankey Bite Splints:

  1. Balancing Your Bite: One of the primary purposes of Pankey Bite Splints is to achieve a balanced and harmonious bite. A well-balanced bite is crucial for your overall oral health. When your upper and lower teeth come together correctly, it can help reduce the risk of dental issues like uneven wear, cracked teeth, and jaw pain.

  2. Stress Reduction: Pankey Bite Splints help alleviate the stress and pressure on your jaw joint (temporomandibular joint), which can lead to a reduction in jaw pain, headaches, and facial discomfort. By providing a stable surface for your teeth to meet, these splints can help your jaw muscles relax, promoting comfort and ease.

  3. Bruxism Management: For those who grind or clench their teeth during sleep (bruxism), Pankey Bite Splints offer protection. They act as a barrier between your upper and lower teeth, preventing excessive wear and tear. This can safeguard your teeth from damage and reduce the likelihood of fractures.

  4. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) Relief: Individuals suffering from TMD often experience jaw joint pain and limited jaw movement. Pankey Bite Splints can help alleviate these symptoms by providing a stable and supportive bite, which can reduce the strain on the jaw joint.

  5. Diagnostic Tool: Pankey Bite Splints also serve as a diagnostic tool. Dentists can use these splints to evaluate how your jaw functions and identify any discrepancies or issues in your bite. This information is invaluable for developing a customized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Why Choose Our Bite Splints Service?

  • We offer bite splints that are tailored for your comfort and protection.
  • Dr. Jennifer Davis and our skilled team ensure a seamless experience.
  • Say goodbye to tooth damage and hello to a protected, confident smile.

Ready to safeguard your smile from grinding? Reach out to Cleona Dental today to schedule your Bite Splints appointment.