Townie® Poll

Bruxism

Poll conducted from 1/15/2020 To 2/20/2020

Do you offer more than one type of oral appliance in your practice?
149 total votes
72%
Yes, based on patient need
22%
No, I have one type of appliance I rely upon
6%
I do not offer oral appliances
Generally, do you feel patients fully comply with oral appliances?
95 total votes
40%
Yes
60%
No
What percentage of your patients show signs of moderate to severe parafunction/bruxism?
97 total votes
11%
10 percent of less
13%
10–20 percent
25%
20–30 percent
27%
30–40 percent
24%
40 percent or more
In your experience, which age group shows more signs of parafunction/bruxism?
98 total votes
2%
Children and teens
23%
Young adults (18–35)
61%
Adults
13%
Seniors (55+)
How many of your patients diagnosed with bruxism are treated and monitored?
98 total votes
42%
Less than 25 percent
28%
25–50 percent
19%
50–75 percent
11%
More than 75 percent
Which statement best describes the short-term oral appliance in your practice?
98 total votes
22%
I make a device in-office
16%
I use a device available in the market (e.g., Lucia Jig, Pankey Bite Stop, NTI, QuickSplint)
54%
I use a lab-fabricated appliance
7%
I do not offer these in my practice
In your practice, have you noticed an increase in the past decade of young patients—previously treated with orthodontics—who now show signs of bruxism?
96 total votes
39%
Increase
3%
Decrease
58%
About the same
Do the orthodontists that you work with screen for bruxism before making a final device for your patient?
97 total votes
11%
Yes, I am generally satisfied because we coordinate care
40%
Sometimes, depending on the orthodontist
25%
This is a concern that I often need to discuss with both patient and orthodontist
24%
Not applicable to my practice
In your practice, have you noticed an increase in the number of patients with tight jaw muscles and/or limited range of motion?
97 total votes
48%
I am seeing more patients with these symptoms than I was 10 years ago
0%
I am seeing fewer patients with these symptoms
52%
No noticeable change
Are patients with tight jaw muscles and/or limited range of motion challenging to work with?
98 total votes
20%
No, it's just part of the profession
48%
Yes, especially during long procedures
26%
Yes, but I mitigate the risk of jaw sprain/stress for these patients
6%
I will sometimes refer out especially difficult patients

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