Do you ever wake up with a sore jaw?
Do you get migraine headaches?
Does your bite feel “off”?
If you answered yes to any question, you may need a bite splint.
Think bite splints are just for athletes?
Not at all! More than half of our patients do. People need bite splints, mouth guards, occlusal guards or night splints (they have a variety of names) for several reasons.
You may need a bite splint if you clench or grind your teeth while you sleep. Bite splints help protect your teeth from wearing down. But, bite splints do so much more. They also help relax your jaw muscles. When your jaw muscles relax, you have less inflammation and less pain. So, if you answered yes to any question above, consider trying one.
Do you think a bite splint might help you?
Bite splints are custom-made and can be hard or soft. The one you need depends on your bite and the reason you need one. Ask any dental health specialist at Life-Centered Dentistry about bite splints at your next appointment,
The impression can be taken the same day, and you will get your bite splint two weeks later. It is usually worn at night. It will take some getting used to.
A member of the Life-Centered Dentistry team will follow up with you to see how it is working for you and answer any questions you may have. Of course, you can call us sooner if you need to.
If you have a bite splint and still have pain, consider using Botox, too. Or, if you wear through your bite splint quickly, using a bite splint with Botox relaxes your jaw muscles so you don’t chew holes in your bite guard.