Sara, a dental implant patient, asks:
I have been an unsuccessful dental implant patient for two years. I have 2 regular screw-type implants in my lower right posterior molars. I have had 4 sets of crowns. My bite eventually becoming unstable each time. The first 3 sets were made by my general dentist, and the last set by a prosthodontist. Even the last set was in occlusion for only a month then my bite slipped again and I could only chew on the implant side.
I have had a hard acrylic night guard for two months and this has helped some, but my bite is becoming more open on the non-implant side again. What should I do? My prosthodontist is frustrated too. He recommends occlusal splint therapy to stabilize the jaw muscle with a hard acrylic appliance. Would this help?