Editor's note: In an effort to keep you informed of products that can help dental practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dental Economics columnist Howard Glazer, DDS, FAGD, has authored a special multipart series. In each installment, he reviews a product that can assist you during this challenging time.
Undoubtedly the pandemic of COVID-19 has been a stressful time on so many levels, viz., health, economic, psychological, and physiological. In dentistry, we have often seen this well demonstrated by patient complaints of "pain in my jaw" and/or "pain around my ear"—all related to clenching or grinding of teeth and stressing the jaw muscles.
The GrindReliefN appliance is fitted in the office by a dentist, hygienist, or trained auxiliary. There is a simple three-step fitting technique: soften in warm water, have the patient bite down to form the custom appliance, and then cool in tap water. If necessary, the same appliance can be refitted. You can use it either on the maxillary or mandibular anterior teeth, thus providing maximum comfort.
GrindReliefN comes with an appliance case for the patient and has a three-year “wear-through” guarantee. This is a very beneficial product that is cost-effective for both the patient (insurance may cover via several CDT codes) and the dentist.
Howard Glazer, DDS, FAGD, is a columnist for Dental Economics. He is a key opinion leader in dental products and maintains a general practice in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Dr. Glazer is past president of the Academy of General Dentistry. He lectures frequently on the subjects of dental materials, cosmetic dentistry, forensic dentistry, and patient management.
Additional articles in this series
- Ivory ReLeaf from Kulzer: A hands-free suction device that can be used to reduce saliva
- LuxaCrown from DMG America: An ideal semipermanent material for dental emergencies
Editor's note: This article first appeared in the Morning Briefing, a daily newsletter published by Dental Economics, DentistryIQ, Perio-Implant Advisory, and RDH. Learn more and subscribe here. For full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, visit the DentistryIQ COVID-19 Resource Center.