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?
152 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?
102 total votes
42%
Yes
58%
No
What percentage of your patients show signs of moderate to severe parafunction/bruxism?
105 total votes
12%
10 percent of less
15%
10–20 percent
23%
20–30 percent
26%
30–40 percent
24%
40 percent or more
In your experience, which age group shows more signs of parafunction/bruxism?
106 total votes
6%
Children and teens
24%
Young adults (18–35)
58%
Adults
12%
Seniors (55+)
How many of your patients diagnosed with bruxism are treated and monitored?
106 total votes
39%
Less than 25 percent
26%
25–50 percent
20%
50–75 percent
15%
More than 75 percent
Which statement best describes the short-term oral appliance in your practice?
106 total votes
24%
I make a device in-office
17%
I use a device available in the market (e.g., Lucia Jig, Pankey Bite Stop, NTI, QuickSplint)
51%
I use a lab-fabricated appliance
8%
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?
113 total votes
41%
Increase
9%
Decrease
50%
About the same
Do the orthodontists that you work with screen for bruxism before making a final device for your patient?
105 total votes
11%
Yes, I am generally satisfied because we coordinate care
39%
Sometimes, depending on the orthodontist
25%
This is a concern that I often need to discuss with both patient and orthodontist
25%
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?
105 total votes
48%
I am seeing more patients with these symptoms than I was 10 years ago
3%
I am seeing fewer patients with these symptoms
50%
No noticeable change
Are patients with tight jaw muscles and/or limited range of motion challenging to work with?
106 total votes
21%
No, it's just part of the profession
47%
Yes, especially during long procedures
25%
Yes, but I mitigate the risk of jaw sprain/stress for these patients
7%
I will sometimes refer out especially difficult patients

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