Occlusal Splint

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An occlusal splint is designed to prevent the harmful effects of grinding / clenching while asleep.

Instructions and care for you and your splint.

  • Before wearing the splint, immerse it in warm water (not hot or scalding) for 30 seconds.
  • It may take 1-2 weeks to be completely comfortable with wearing the splint all night. It’s important to persevere. Occasionally, patients have trouble adapting to the splint and find it hard to keep it in for any length of time. In this situation it is recommended that the patient ease into wearing the appliance. For example, the splint could be worn for short periods of time during the day (usually just before bed) until they are more familiar with the appliance.
  • In the early stages, some patients remove their splint unknowingly while they asleep. This should diminish as the mouth adapts.
  • If the splint has been made to counteract tooth wear, try to wear the appliance as often as possible. When not wearing a splint, grinding often occurs without symptoms, yet damage will still be done.
  • If the splint is produced to alleviate symptoms, wear the splint every night for 2 – 4 weeks until the symptoms subside. Try wearing the splint every other night thereafter for a couple of weeks. At the end of this period, if all symptoms have disappeared, wear the splint when you feel it necessary.
  • Make an appointment if symptoms persist or recur.
  • If the bite on the splint feels unbalanced, don’t hesitate to call to co-ordinate an appointment to have the splint adjusted (at no extra charge). An increase in grinding, or the development of aching in some teeth would suggest an adjustment is necessary.
  • Some patients may experience excess salivation for a few days but for most this will disappear as they become accustomed to the appliance.
  • To clean the splint, simply use your toothbrush and liquid soap after each use. It may be best to do this over a basin of water – this may help to save a breakage if the splint is dropped during cleaning. A “denture brush” may make the process more efficient.
  • To store your splint shake off excess moisture and place it in the case provided. Beware…some family pets can find splints enjoyable to chew on.