Post-Op Instructions For Night Guards
Purpose: The purpose of splint therapy is to help your lower jaw function properly. Since the treatment you receive is mainly orthopedic in nature, we have fabricated an orthopedic appliance to help reposition your lower jaw. This appliance will help relax any of your jaw muscles which spasm and reduce any muscle pain. There are many situations that cause your lower jaw to malfunction, including accidental trauma, developmental defects, peculiar oral habits, naturally occurring malocclusion (poor bite), psychological stress, clenching or bruxing of teeth, and other problems.
Rationale: You have received an acrylic bite splint (occlusal splint). This treatment has been used for many years to keep teeth from contacting while you sleep, and to allow the lower jaw to return to a comfortable hinge position without interference and guidance from the teeth. It is essential that you wear your night guard every night, and you may wear it during the day if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth. When not in your mouth, make sure your splint is placed in water to avoid warping.
Cleaning the Splint: Food will accumulate under the splint. After brushing and flossing your teeth thoroughly, brush and rinse the inside and outside of the splint, and return it to your mouth. Dental decay can be stimulated if you are not careful about the cleanliness of your mouth and splint. Fluoride-containing rinses or gels are useful when placed in your splint once per day if you have a high dental decay rate. Using a dental soak cleanser (ex: Polident) on a monthly basis will help keep the splint fresh.
Dental Post-Op Information
The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days together with the anesthetic injection site.
A dry socket is when the blood clot gets dislodged prematurely from the tooth socket. Symptoms of pain at the surgical site, and even pain to the ear may occur 2-3 days following surgery. Call the office if this occurs.
Avoid heavy brushing of the temporaries, and do not floss between them because you may pull them off.
Your final porcelain veneers will be as close to the natural beauty and function of your teeth as possible. They look and feel normal in every way.
Chewing: The new bite may not feel completely comfortable for several weeks. We can adjust the contacting surfaces of your teeth after the dentures or partials have settled into place.
Cleaning the dentures/partials and your mouth: Your denture/partials can be cleaned easily by using a denture brush and a mild toothpaste. Periodic denture soaks are also useful (ex: Polident). We recommend leaving your partials out of your mouth at night and soaking them in water.
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