In our last episode, we left as the two camps bickered over what they were going to do once they had actually tracked down the elusive Maxillus mandibularis. The leader of Camp NeuroMuscular had leaned toward the fire, cradling the bowl of his pipe in his fingers and clenching its stem in his teeth like an NTI device. Removing the pipe, he suggested that the solution was to deprogram this infernal beast.
“Nonsense!” replied Sir Centric Relation from under his handlebar moustache. “Everyone knows that you must guide the cuspid. It is the only way to stop the nightly rampage.”
As we return to the scene, Sir Centric stands up and peers into the encroaching darkness.
“But ho, what is this?” Out of the shadows steps a keen-eyed gentleman in a light blue seersucker suit and an obvious combover.
The man approaches the fire and begins his spiel. “You know what is the real problem, right? You just want to keep the Maxillus mandibularis from crashing in here and destroying everything. Do you think all those villagers care about why? They want this problem fixed, and they want it fixed today.”
The gentleman swiftly rolls out a sheet of something, squishes it around the beast’s water-hole, and waits for it to harden.
“There ya go. Problem solved. And it’ll cost you less than having those timberlogs dragged in from the forest. Besides, who has two weeks?”
“Certainly that shouldn’t be a problem. The villagers have been living with this for years.” says the leader of Camp Neuromuscular.
“Yes, but they came to you today for an immediate solution.”
“It’s only a stopgap. It doesn’t correct the underlying problem. And eventually the barrier will fail,” chime in the leaders of both camps.
The gentleman brings his fist up to his chin in thought. “Well, even if you can kill the beast, you do realize that it’s a protected species.”
“But no way is it in danger of going extinct. It must be laid to rest!”
“Yet, still so hard to kill quickly. Goodnight gentlemen. If you change your mind, just ask around. Everyone in these parts knows where to find me.”
The man in the suit slinks back off into the darkness, leaving the two leaders alone in silence, once again glaring at each other from across the campfire.
When it comes to parafunction that eventually will whittle your patients’ teeth down to stumps at night, it only makes sense to fabricate some sort of cushion to soften the blow. Dentsply-Caulk has recently been advertising the inTerra iNoffice Nightguard. This product appears to break down some of the obstacles that come up as the dental profession seeks to eradicate bruxing from the planet.
The iNterra Nightguard’s VLC (visible light cure) material is packaged in three arch sizes. This soft tray is formed directly on the patient’s teeth while in the chair, tack cured in the mouth for a few minutes, and then completed in the lab in another 20 minutes, which makes same-day delivery a snap.
With an existing light-curing oven in your lab, the cost to begin fabricating nightguards in-office makes the iNterra system a decent value, cutting the usual lab fees for nightguards at least in half. Otherwise, be prepared to spend a few thousand dollars on a curing unit before you insert your first case.
Look at the iNterra Nightguard from an efficiency standpoint. Single appointment, no lab transportation issues, minimal doctor chairtime. You may also be able to improve case acceptance when passing on the reduced overhead costs to patients.
Is it the best way to prevent occlusal wear? Who’s to say? But the inTerra Nightguard is much better than doing nothing about parafunction.