How to recognize which night guard, or discharge splint best suits us?
You might have heard about or even used the famous "night guard". This splint is one of the most common treatments for temporomandibular dysfunction syndrome. It is usually placed in the teeth of the upper arch and it aims to give freedom of movement to the jaw, preventing us from grinding our teeth during sleep. However, not every splint is apt to be used for this purpose, it can even be counterproductive and worsen basic articular, muscular or dental problems.
How to recognize the correct and correct discharge splint? Take note:
- It is a splint made individually by a dentist.
- It is made of hard and rigid material.
- It is flat, with little marked fingerprints.
- It is thick enough to allow modification of the occlusion of the teeth and elongate the musculature, but not excessively thick to be uncomfortable for the patient.
- It requires a periodic readjustment to compensate possible wear and to monitor occlusal interferences.
At the Maxillofacial Institute we are specialists in temporomandibular joint pathology and we have a multidisciplinary team that will advise you on the ideal treatment for you. Contact us to learn more.