After Care Following Issue Of Occlusal Splint
- If you’re new to wearing a splint, be aware that it will take some getting used to sleeping with it in. Perseverance is key – over time you will become accustomed to it.
- You may feel some initial tenderness in your teeth as you get used to wearing it. If this discomfort doesn’t ease over the first 7 days call our practice as it may require additional adjustment.
- Clean your splint upon removal every morning. Use a toothbrush and a mild detergent (Dishwashing liquid or hand soap is ideal) for daily cleaning. Do not use toothpaste on your splint as it can be abrasive on the acrylic.
Take care not to drop your splint while cleaning it (putting a little water in the bottom of the basin is a good habit, as this will help prevent breakages if you accidentally drop it)
- Do not use excessively hot water to clean your splint – This can melt or warp the acrylic.
- You can also regularly use a Denture Soaking solution, such as Polident or Sterident. These are available at supermarkets and pharmacies. Rinse your splint after using these products.
- If you have pets in the house, take care to keep your splint out of their reach – Dogs are notorious for chewing them up!
- Remember to bring your splint along to any future dental appointments.