PRETREATMENT CONCEPTS FOR A NEW VERTICAL DIMENSION OF OCCLUSION!
Splint therapy is generally the initial treatment step in functional therapy, as it is able to quickly reduce the tone of the masticatory muscles and to provide areversible correction of occlusal anomalies. In general, occlusal splints and other occlusal appliances can be differentiated on the basis of their indications. Occlusal splints are primarily designed to clinically test a newly defined static and dynamic occlusion. This will in most cases be preceded by a functional and esthetic evaluation based on an analytic wax-up.