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Old 05-10-2003, 09:50 AM   #1
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Question Splints

My dentist told me that allsplints are generally the same; they are meant to keep your jaw in place. Is this true? I have been given a upper mouth piece that is pretty big. I have been wearing it at night. I get some relief from it but it is not keeping me from clenching, biting, or even grinding. What are each of the different types of splints suppose to do?

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Old 05-10-2003, 05:43 PM   #2
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The bite splints are made to relax your jaw muscles/joints, and reduce some clenching (it can't get rid of your clenching because clenching happens naturally to everybody) They also provide a measure of protection for the teeth. You will always clench on your splint but it will be reduced in time and prevent more injury to your already injured muscles/joints. Do you know what I mean?

There are different splints made according to your tmjd type. My is just to relax my jaw muscles and joints and reduce clenching. I still clench after wearing the bite plate for 8 years or so. Some splints are used to reposition the jaw, but these are used for people who may have joint problems, and they are meant to change your bite. I don't know a whole alot about the different kinds of splints... maybe somebody else on the board might know more about it.

I hope I have answered some of your questions.


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