Use and care for your occlusal splint

When to wear

The Occlusal Bite Splint you have received is designed to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching (also called bruxing) and may also help your teeth maintain their position. As the Occlusal Splint serves to aid in the reduction of muscle tension and minimise painful symptoms by decreasing the jaw’s tendency to clench and grind you may find that your jaw muscle tension may decrease and you feel more relaxed and refreshed after sleep.

Each time the Occlusal Splint is placed over your teeth, it will feel somewhat tight for a few minutes. This is normal. Your splint should feel snug against your teeth but not too tight or uncomfortable thereafter. It should not rub against your gums. Your jaw may feel unusual at first, but you should become used to it after a few uses. Saliva flow will increase during approximately the first two weeks of wearing the splint. This is also normal. You may also find it difficult to pronounce certain words when the splint is first worn. After a few days, speech will return to almost normal. Practice reading a newspaper aloud in private to help learn new speaking skills.

When to Remove

Do not wear your Occlusal Splint while eating, while cleaning your teeth or whilst participating in sporting activities e.g. football; the splint is not a substitute for a sports mouth guard.

Cleaning and Storing

Your splint should be kept clean just as your teeth should. Bad breath and/or a bad taste may result from neglect in this area. Clean your Occlusal Splint after each wearing by using a soft toothbrush, soap (NOT TOOTHPASTE) and cold water.  Rinse and dry your Occlusal Splint and store it in the case provided whenever you are not wearing it. You may also use Miltons solution or Oxydens tablets periodically to help keep it fresh and inhibit the growth of bacteria. This is available at your chemist.

Do Not

  • Do not continuously bite or clench on the splint. It is to help you relax not exercise.

  • Do not soak the splint in Dettol, Listerine or denture cleaning tablets.

  • Do not use toothpaste on the splint.

  • Do not place the splint in boiling water.

  • Do not wrap the appliance in tissue paper.

  • Do not leave the splint in direct sunlight.

  • Do not carry an unprotected splint in your pocket or leave it out of its case when not in use.

Maintenance

Regular periodic check-ups should be made of the adjustment and fit of your splint. Bring your Occlusal Splint with you to all future dental appointments  If no ongoing appointments are made, do not wear your splint for more than 6 months without having the fit and adjustment checked. If you become aware of any change in your bite, contact us on the above number immediately.

Note: It must be remembered that the cost of replacing a lost or broken splint is not covered in the original