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Products for coping with pandemic-related challenges: GrindReliefN

May 28, 2020
In this series, Dr. Howard Glazer looks at products that can help practices during these challenging times. Here he reviews GrindReliefN, a product that can treat pain related to stressing of the jaw muscles.

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.

Clinical evidence of bruxism, depending on duration, points to worn dentition, chipped teeth, worn incisal edges, broken restorations, and abfraction. In the TMJ area we often hear the "popping" or "clicking" sounds. There have been many treatments, both chemical and mechanical, advocated over time. Recently, I was introduced to the antibruxism appliance GrindReliefN. This unique, one-visit appliance requires no impressions, models, laboratory fees, or waiting for the lab to return it.

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.

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Editor's note: This article first appeared in the Morning Briefing, a daily newsletter published by Dental EconomicsDentistryIQPerio-Implant Advisory, and RDHLearn more and subscribe here. For full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, visit the DentistryIQ COVID-19 Resource Center.