Clenching and/or grinding of the teeth, which is also known as bruxism, is a common activity that can occur both during the day time and at night time. A bite splint appliance is worn at night and works by preventing the back teeth from touching.
The appliance works but shutting off 2/3 of the muscles that move the jaw. Each side of the jaw has 6 muscles that move the jaw, if one or both sides have muscles that are too tense, the jaw does not open and close correctly. This is like a garage door, if the springs don’t have even tension than the door does not work right. After wearing the appliance, the muscles will relax, and the jaw joint may go to its most relaxed position. Sometimes the position is different than when you first come in, so a minor reshaping of several teeth may be needed to allow your teeth to bite correctly again.
Once the appliance is removed in the morning, brush it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Remember to bring your appliance to every hygiene appointment so we can evaluate the appliance and clean it.