Purpose
The purpose of splint therapy is to help your lower jaw function more properly. This appliance will help to relax any of your jaw muscles which are in spasm and to reduce any muscle pain by evenly distributing your bite forces, as well as removing interferences. There are many situations that may cause your lower jaw to malfunction including accidental trauma, developmental defects, peculiar oral habits, naturally occurring malocclusion (poor bite), psychological stress, clenching or bruxing of teeth, and other problems.
Rationale
You have received an acrylic bite splint (occlusal splint). This treatment has been used for many years to keep the teeth from contacting while you sleep and to allow the lower jaw to return to a comfortable hinge position without interference and guidance from the teeth. It is essential that you wear your night guard every night and you may also wear it during the day if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth.
Cleaning the Splint
Food will accumulate under the splint. After brushing and flossing your teeth very thoroughly, brush and rinse the inside and outside of the splint and return it to your mouth.. Using a dental soak cleanser (ex: Polident) on a monthly basis will help keep the splint fresh. If your pain increases after wearing the splint, please call the office for an appointment for an adjustment of the splint.
Keep the splint away from dogs – they really love these things!