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Consumer FAQ

General

 

Early intervention is “putting out the fire” – which means reducing pain amplification and taking steps to minimize your condition from progressing into chronic pain. This concept is understood for injury to other joints in the body, but until now, there was no clear treatment plan for acute head, neck and jaw injury.   

Learning self-care measures you can do at home is easier to accomplish at the onset of pain from an injury or flare-up. Improvement occurs more readily, and progress reinforces the need to pay attention to your condition until fully healed.  The longer you wait, your symptoms can become more diffuse as pain may spread from localized pain to referred pain, headache or shoulder and neck pain.  Besides the complexity in diagnosis, it becomes difficult to change your habits, such as hypervigilance (jaw muscle and neck clenching), posture and other adaptations to the pain and restricted neck and jaw mobility.  The longer you wait, the more distracting is your condition, and it becomes even more confusing know where to go for help – a dentist?  A physical therapist? Pain medication? 

We know this because many patients that come to an Orofacial Pain Specialist for a chronic condition that originated with head, neck and jaw pain from wisdom teeth extraction, whiplash or concussion, a surgical procedure with intubation, when an airbag popped and their knuckles hit their jaw or even hitting their head against a big dog.  It is difficult to know who will recover naturally in 2 to 4 weeks as compared to a person who needs treatment, so we designed the Speed2Treat® Home Healing Kit to help as many people as possible, cost-effectively. 

Here is a medical explanation that applies to acute injury such as a  blow to the jaw, mild whiplash and concussion: injury can stimulate the trigeminal and upper cervical sensory nerves and can upregulate the motor units of the same nerves, including the muscles of mastication and the upper cervical paraspinal region. 

The Speed2Treat® Home Healing Kit is designed to down-regulate pain pathways by instituting proprioceptive change in the orofacial region (trigeminal nuclei and upper cervical sensory and motor cell bodies.)  In other words, the use of the QuickSplint® oral appliance and Hot/Cold Therapy Face Wrap presents an interference to the irritation, and to quiet or confuse the sensory input. 

Each person’s pain and stress response vary based on the injury intensity and the injured person’s prior history and resiliency factors.  We have designed pain education and coaching to support the person and mitigate stress.  Stress and pain become a vicious cycle, especially if a person is discharged from an emergency room with instructions to rest for four weeks. 

QuickSplint® may not be suitable for all people, which is why it is a short-term, disposable product combined with other treatment options in the Speed2Treat Home Healing Kit. QuickSplint may not be beneficial if you have jaw mobility greater than 60mm. QuickSplint should not be fit on or over broken or loose teeth. QuickSplint is not for emergencies involving swelling. 

The Speed2Treat® Home Healing Kit is designed to down-regulate pain pathways by instituting proprioceptive change in the orofacial region (trigeminal nuclei and upper cervical sensory and motor cell bodies.)  In other words, the use of the QuickSplint® oral appliance and Hot/Cold Therapy Face Wrap presents an interference to the irritation, and to quiet or confuse the sensory input. 

Each person’s pain and stress response vary based on the injury intensity and the injured person’s prior history and resiliency factors.  We have designed pain education and coaching to support the person and mitigate stress.  Stress and pain become a vicious cycle, especially if a person is discharged from an emergency room with instructions to rest for four weeks. 

 

QuickSplint

 

Jaw popping is a clinical finding, not a disease.  It is estimated that 50 to 70% of the population have jaw popping at some point in their life, without pain or progressive dysfunction. 

 

Studies show that 80% of patients who brux are not aware of this behavior.  Independent of a head, neck or jaw injury, often at the end of the 4-Week Care Plan a person will realize that they need to discuss their bruxism with a dentist who will determine an appropriate long-term device designed to protect the teeth and supportive structures from abnormal forces that create breakdown and tooth wear. Bring your QuickSplint® to your next dental appointment, and discuss how best to protect your tooth enamel by transitioning into a mouthguard designed for bruxism.

 

We recommend that you discuss your symptoms with your primary care doctor, your dentist, or other healthcare provider, and bring your Pain Tracker and QuickSplint® to your appointment.  You can schedule a telehealth consult with an Orofacial Pain Specialist atFaceMyPain.com or search at FaceMyPain.com for a provider in your local area that can evaluate your condition.  Your use of the Speed2Treat® Home Healing Kit serves as a beneficial part of your medical history and aids in your diagnosis and determination of next steps. 

Clean QuickSplint® daily by rinsing thoroughly under tap water. Dry the QuickSplint by shaking the excess water from the surface and allow to air dry. When needed, clean QuickSplint using and ultra-soft toothbrush or by gently washing with water. You may periodically disinfect your QuickSplint by soaking in a half and half mixture of mouthwash and water for ten minutes. Do not clean QuickSplint in boiling water, denture cleaner, or soak it in hydrogen peroxide.  

If the soft lining material disengages from the tray, pull out all of the putty and use your remaining putty to remake the QuickSplint®. Do not attempt to glue the liner to the tray.  

 

Uses

 

No, you need to go to the Emergency Room at a hospital or make an appointment with an Orofacial Pain Specialist (seeFaceMyPain.com for a provider near you). 

 

QuickSplint® is a conservative first step in treatment for most users. However, there are people for which the QuickSplint is not appropriate, and some people cannot tolerate any device in their mouth. If you have tried wearing QuickSplint at night and it is not comfortable, stop using and try your best with other components of the Speed2Treat Home Healing Kit. 

 

QuickSplint® can be fit for either upper or lower teeth; we recommend that before you start mixing the putty you try the tray on both your upper and lower teeth and bite down to determine which is more comfortable for you.  

 

Do not wear the QuickSplint® for more than 4 to 6 weeks.  You may not need to wear it during this whole period.  If you find that it is helping you (you sleep better, you clench less, or you see grind marks on the surface) you should show the QuickSplint to your dentist, because it might be beneficial for you to be transitioned to a long-term oral appliance. Not all dentists do “splint therapy” so contact us if you would like helping finding a dentist in your area, or go to FaceMyPain.com to find a dentist who specializes in splint therapy. 

There is a risk associated with wearing QuickSplint, or other oral devices that do not cover all of your teeth.  Sometimes the posterior teeth shift over time and if this occurs, you may not bite evenly when you close your teeth together. 

 

QuickSplint® is not recommended for continuous daytime wear unless you are under supervision of a dentist. 

 

QuickSplint® can be used for dental emergencies and acute pain as it relates to TMD, sprained jaw, tension headache, or other facial pain. QuickSplint is also an effective emergency splint for the patient who has lost their appliance and needs an occlusal guard while a new one is being fabricated... Never fit QuickSplint over loose or broken teeth. 

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