Deprogrammers

There is a protective reflex that prohibits the body from placing too much pressure on the anterior teeth. Thus, the body reduces the forces applied to the teeth when only the anterior teeth contact.

Pittman Dental Laboratory recommends the use of a MAPA for all TMJ / TMD / Bruxism related cases. You can find more about the MAPA, here.

EMG (Electromyogram) Studies support that Anterior Deprogrammers work best in patients who are chronic severe clenchers or bruxers. Severe bruxers may not have complete resolution of all muscle symptoms. There is evidence that there are individuals who keep their teeth together at all time, not just when swallowing. These individuals are chronic bruxers or clenchers that can be treated with a definitive anterior deprogrammer, with a high degree of success. 

Mini Deprogrammer

Highly effective, the Mini Deprogrammer eliminates muscle-related TMJ facial pain for the vast majority of patients. Designed with an anterior bite plate, the appliance takes posterior teeth slightly out of contact to remove any interference that can cause muscle disharmony and allows the condyles to properly seat. A flat bite plate option is also available but will require a greater anterior opening. The appliance can be worn day or night.The Mini Deprogrammer is thermal formed for exceptional retention and fit. Designed for optimal comfort, the splint covers only the anterior teeth and palate. May be contraindicated for patients with internal derangement.


Material Options: Variflex and Clear Acrylic or a red/pink flesh tone color.
Fabrication Requirements: Upper and lower stone model.

Kois Deprogrammer

The Kois Deprogrammer features a small anterior stop contacting the lower central incisors and slightly discloses all teeth. It can be worn at night to relieve muscle fatigue and headaches. It can also be used as a diagnostic tool to determine centric relation and facilitate centric relation records.


Material Options: Clear Acrylic or a red/pink flesh tone color.
Fabrication Requirements: Upper and Lower stone models. Models will be mounted in the maximum intercuspal position.

Cranham Deprogrammer

The Cranham Deprogrammer can be used for equilibration, centric relation records, or as a night guard. This appliance features a small anterior stop contacting the lower central incisors slightly discludes all teeth. It is comfortable for the patient, requires no retention clasping, and is easy to use.


Material Options: Clear Acrylic
Fabrication Requirements: Upper and Lower Stone Models. Models will be mounted in the maximum intercuspal position.