Night Guards (splints) can be an important part of therapy for muscle spasms of the jaws that result in Myofascial Pain Dysfunction (MPD) problems. Appropriate use is mandatory if the splint is to help relieve pain and improve function.
When you should wear your splint:
- Wear your splint while sleeping.
- Wear your splint for 4 hrs during the day.
While wearing your splint when you are awake, avoid letting your lower teeth touch the splint and keep your jaw muscles relaxed.
Cleaning and Care
Clean your splint upon taking it out by brushing it with your toothbrush and toothpaste. When your splint is not being worn, it should be kept moist. Rinse your splint off thoroughly with running water before using. If deposits (calculus) are noted to collect on the splint, soak it in vinegar for 6 to 8 hours and brush it vigorously.
There are numerous benefits for properly adjusted splints. You should find that the splint might help to:
- Decrease clenching and grinding while you sleep.
- Make you more aware of daytime habits when you wear it while awake.
- Decrease muscle and joint pain.
- Help reduce joint locking and catching.
Using a worn or damaged splint can cause problems such as:
- Orthodontic problems (teeth can move to cause bite problems).
- Loosen teeth or fillings.
- Increased pain in muscle and joints.
IF YOU SHOULD EXPERIENCE ANY PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR SPLINT, STOP WEARING THE SPLINT AND CONTACT OUR OFFICE.
PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY AS NIGHT GUARDS ARE NOT ALWAYS COVERED BY INSURANCE.