De-programmers work when anterior teeth are in contact and the muscle contraction is forced. This causes the lateral pterygoid muscles to relax and allows the TMJ to seat in its most comfortable and natural position. It allows muscle relaxation as it removes occlusal interferences, habitual functional movements the patients has developed to avoid pain.
A Kois de-programmer is a removable device that covers the palatal aspect of the maxilla with an anterior incisal platform between the upper central’s palatally. The platform follows the occlusal plane of the arch and separates the maxilla and mandible this creates a contact between the platform and the lower central’s. Protocols recommend a labial arch wire or two clasps posteriorly as added retention. The device can be worn for up to 20 hours a day (except meals) or at night and is worn until the necessary muscle deprogramming is accomplished which can be days or weeks.
We provide short CPD presentations on de programmers to practices for their associates, which covers product information, advantages, selling points, limitations and clinical support, please phone us to book a short presentation.
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