Pankey Splints Fabricated at ROL

The Pankey Splint, is a type of dental splint used primarily in the field of occlusal (bite) therapy. It’s named after the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education, where it was developed by Dr. L.D. Pankey and his colleagues. The Pankey Institute is renowned for its focus on comprehensive dentistry and interdisciplinary approaches to dental care.

Here are the key features and aspects of the Pankey Splint:

1. **Customization**: Like other dental splints, the Pankey Splint is custom-made to fit each patient’s unique dental anatomy using a ColdPac Acrylic which is very hard and optimal for splint fabricating. It’s typically fabricated on the patients lower teeth but can also be made on the Upper arch if necessary. The Pankey splint uses Canine Guidance and Pressure Transfer techniques from the Canine to the Central which is unique to this splint over other Cuspid Guidance splints. During splint fabrication it is necessary during excursive movements that the Canine hands off and shares the force of the pressure with the Central.

2. **Diagnostic Tool**: The Pankey Splint serves as both a diagnostic tool and a therapeutic device. It helps dentists evaluate the patient’s bite relationship, jaw movements, and muscle function. By wearing the splint, patients and dentists can observe how the teeth come together (occlude) and identify any areas of misalignment or dysfunction.

3. **Treatment of Occlusal Disorders**: The primary purpose of the Pankey Splint is to address occlusal disorders, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, bruxism, and malocclusions. By stabilizing the bite and providing proper support to the jaw joints, the splint aims to alleviate symptoms associated with these conditions, such as jaw pain, headaches, and tooth wear.

4. **Therapeutic Benefits**: In addition to diagnosing occlusal problems, the Pankey Splint can also help alleviate symptoms and improve overall oral health. By providing a stable occlusal surface and reducing excessive forces on the teeth and jaw joints, the splint promotes relaxation of the jaw muscles and encourages proper jaw alignment.

5. **Interdisciplinary Approach**: The philosophy behind the Pankey Splint reflects the interdisciplinary approach to dental care advocated by the Pankey Institute. This approach emphasizes collaboration between dentists, orthodontists, periodontists, and other dental specialists to address the comprehensive needs of the patient and achieve optimal treatment outcomes, and Reserve Ortho Lab works with each of these disciplines regularly to achieve patient satisfaction.

Overall, the Pankey Splint is a valuable tool in the diagnosis and treatment of occlusal disorders, offering both diagnostic insights and therapeutic benefits for patients experiencing bite-related issues. Its development within the context of comprehensive dental education underscores its integration into a holistic approach to dental care.

 

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