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Old 09-10-2009, 09:46 PM   #1
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How does bite splint work???

Before I agree to this, I'd like to understand WHY it works, and so far no one's been able to explain that to me. If I clench my teeth at night, the only thing I can see is that w/ the splint tooth will meet plastic instead of tooth. I'll still be clenching my jaw. What is it I'm not seeing?

 
Old 09-11-2009, 06:41 AM   #2
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Re: How does bite splint work???

The way I understand the theory is that the splint puts your jaw in the correct position so it won't want to clench or grind anymore.

Clenching or grinding is the brain's unconscious way of trying to get the jaw into the correct position. Once it is in the correct position, the brain won't want to do it.

Whether it actually works or not is another story! So far, it seems to be doing so for me though!

Becky

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Old 09-11-2009, 07:57 AM   #3
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Re: How does bite splint work???

I get what you are trying to say dizzynotblonde. I have been wearing a night splint for 10 years and it is strictly to protect the teeth from cracking further. I should have had it all my life as I still had to get 4 crowns, 2 root canals and on my way for another root canal. So I guess the damage was already done.

I still manage to clench and grind. Sometimes it wakes me up (those times when I am getting some sleep) as my stubborn jaw raises above the splint and comes chomping down and grinds. I find the plastic surface still quite hard and jarring, but I know it still offers a degree of protection than those poor teeth smashing against each other. I should also mention I have lots of cervical spine issues that add to the notion of the whole area 'trying to find the right and comfortable position', day and night and find it difficult to keep my jaws from clenching during the day as well. Too much work?

I hope you find some answers as choosing a procedure must be quite difficult and you would want guaranteed success for all your trouble and moohla. All the best in your search,

choc

 
Old 09-11-2009, 10:21 AM   #4
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Re: How does bite splint work???

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Before I agree to this, I'd like to understand WHY it works, and so far no one's been able to explain that to me. If I clench my teeth at night, the only thing I can see is that w/ the splint tooth will meet plastic instead of tooth. I'll still be clenching my jaw. What is it I'm not seeing?
Bite splints like the ones you see at the store DON'T work because they are not fitted to YOUR teeth. There is still touching, still straining. Frankly I see no point to them.

For the splint i have currently, made by a specialist, that is working is doing it's job which is to realign the teeth. TMJ is caused by a tooth gearing problem, wear and tear, etc. My jaw was knocked out of alignment so my teeth did not fit together properly thus making the muscles in my head compensate for the new position. It created spasms and all the symptoms I had in the past and still today.

What makes you grind your teeth is stress from them both not fitting in the first place and daily issues. I have two splints: one for night and one for day. The day one I wear starts to move my teeth where they should be however when you "close" your mouth the lips should touch but the teeth should not.

Now the night splint is a device that as a large acrylic piece in the front and no matter how hard i try my back teeth or any others will not meet. I may elect to use the night one for the rest of my life which is not a problem for me to keep feeling relief.

TMJ is very complicated and can make several muscles not work properly and you may have some degree of it for the rest of your life. There is not information known by dentists and orthodontics to treat this condition and you really need to seek out a professional who can x-ray you head, bite, teeth, etc and see what is really causing the problem.

I've been dealing with this for years and I have found that the best way to get better is to educate yourself. If you want you can message me I can give you more of my experience and hopefully help you find someone in your area. I've had this for over three years and I'm almost 25. I don't want to lose anymore of my life to pain.

-A

 
Old 10-21-2009, 11:04 AM   #5
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Re: How does bite splint work???

velvetrance, is you night guard a NTI? I have one ordered from my dentist and am praying it will help. I have been a clencher for a long time- but no pain until after recent dental work- (4 hours total) Did your teeth hurt before nightguard? Or just your jaw. (face ears etc.) My back teeth hurt alot.

 
Old 10-22-2009, 07:43 AM   #6
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Re: How does bite splint work???

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The way I understand the theory is that the splint puts your jaw in the correct position so it won't want to clench or grind anymore.

Clenching or grinding is the brain's unconscious way of trying to get the jaw into the correct position. Once it is in the correct position, the brain won't want to do it.

Whether it actually works or not is another story! So far, it seems to be doing so for me though!

Becky
I would like to agree with you on that one, but I don't think it is the case for everyone.

For example, I clench and it is not b/c my jaw is not in the correct position.

Everyone clenches for different reasons. At this point, mine is just strictly bad habit/stress/anxiety.

 
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