For patients suffering from tooth grinding or jaw clenching, a Michigan Splint may be prescribed. This splint is tailor-made and customised to each individual’s exact requirements. The splint is made from hard acrylic and fits over the upper or lower teeth biting surface. As well as protecting the teeth from tooth wear and damage it can help patients to stop clenching and grinding. In addition to these benefits, it can also protect teeth that have crowns or large fillings present from fracture.
How does a Michigan splint work?
The splint covers the biting surface of the teeth. While doing this, its design ensures that there is an even contact when the teeth come together. This stops pressure build-up and can help stop jaw pain, headaches and other symptoms associated with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). Muscle activity in the jaw can also be reduced when wearing the device.
Splints are often used for a minimum of three months. Wearing the splint does not make permanent changes to muscles or jaw. However, it often helps to retrain these muscles so that clenching or grinding ceases.
When should the splint be worn?
The splint is worn at night when sleeping. This is because many people clench or grind their teeth in their sleep without even knowing.
What is the difference between a Michigan splint and a soft night-guard?
A soft night-guard is made from soft acrylic and can be worn down very quickly by patients who suffer from severe clenching and grinding. A Michigan splint is made from much harder acrylic and is less likely to be worn down or perforated by clenching and grinding.
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