TMJ Splint

Post-Operative Instructions Following Receiving Splint: 

 

PLACEMENT: Using both hands, place the splint over your teeth in the correct alignment and push the splint into place with your thumbs or fore fingers.

 

REMOVAL: Using both hands, place your fingertips under the outside edges of the splint and pull upwards or downwards (depending on whether you have a upper or lower splint).

 

CLEANING: Please brush your splint with regular tooth paste and water before and after each wear. Once a week, soak the splint with denture cleansing tablet, or mix your own cleansing solution as follows:

 

  1. ½ vinegar and ½ cool tap water for 60 minutes.
  2. 2 tablespoons of baking soda in ½ cup tap water for 60 minutes.
  3. Cool tap water and a denture cleaning solution like Polident for 60 minutes.

 

NOTE: Heat will cause your splint to warp. Therefore, DO NOT USE HOT WATER when cleaning splint. If water is too hot for your fingers, then it is too hot for the splint. Also, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR SPLINT IN A CAR OR NEXT TO A HEATER. However, when your splint is in position in your mouth, hot food or drink will not damage it.

 

SPECIAL NOTES:

TMJ splint: You must wear your splint at all times and remove it only to eat , drink or brush.  It is especially important to wear your splint when you are sleeping and when you are concentrating on something such as driving, exercising, paperwork, etc. These times are when you are most likely to subconsciously grind your teeth.

Night Guard: wear your splint every night, you may also wear it during the day when you have a headache, concentrating, or when you notice that you are clenching.

In the beginning, you may find that you have more saliva in your mouth. This is your mouth getting used to having something in it all the time. After a while, this should return to normal.

The best way to learn to speak with your splint is to start right away enunciating more dramatically and reading or singing aloud to practice. It may take a few days to become accustomed to speaking with it. Remember, you sound worse to yourself than you do to others.

Floss and brush your teeth after every meal. Since the splint covers your teeth and gums, your tongue is unable to remove any food particles and we do not want you to develop cavities or gum problems. When you brush your teeth, also take the time to clean your appliance.

Be careful with your splint. Keep your splint away from any pets, especially dogs! Dogs love chewing on splints. Try not to drop your splint as it may break. Place your splint back in its case whenever it is not in use to prevent anyone from throwing it out. When you are travelling with your splint, keep it protected with a moist towel in its case. Don’t put your splint in your pocket because you may break it. Avoid flipping the splint with your tongue as that can damage your splint.

 

Please feel free to contact us at MirrorDentistry at (780) 489-9809, or email patientcare@mirrordentistry.com, if you have any questions or concerns.