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Bite Splint Therapy Houston

The occlusal bite splint you have received serves to aid in reduction of muscle tension, decrease painful symptoms, protect the teeth, and/or maintain the teeth in one position. Following is information and helpful hints concerning your splint.

  • The splint should be worn regularly as instructed.
  • Saliva flow will increase during approximately the first two weeks of wearing the splint. This is normal.
  • Each time the splint is placed over your teeth, it will feel somewhat tight for a few minutes. This is normal.
  • Each time the splint is removed from your mouth, your bite may feel different for several minutes. This is normal.
  • When the splint is not to be worn for more than 1 -2 hours, it should be kept moist. Either place it in water or wrap it in a wet towel.
  • Regular periodic check-ups should be made of the adjustment and fit of your splint. If no ongoing appointments are made, do not wear your splint more than 4-6 months without having the fit and adjustment checked.
  • 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. Brush your splint with toothbrush and toothpaste after each wearing.
  • You may 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 news paper aloud in private to help learn new speaking skills.
  • You should not continuously bite or clench on the splint. It is to help you relax not exercise.
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