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Splinting teeth -- when is this needed?

Splinting teeth -- when is this needed?

When they wiggle.: If teeth start to wiggle that means they are loosing support needed to keep them tight. Splinting (attaching) wiggly teeth to strong stable teeth helps you keep the wiggly ones by spreading out the biting pressures over several teeth and not the few. The wiggly ones could even tighten up if treatment is give or by giving the a "rest" from hard biting forces. Earl. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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How does teeth splinting work?

How does teeth splinting work?

Connects them: Splinting is a good idea for people who have lost bone due to gum disease and the teeth have become loose making it uncomfortable to eat. Bonding (white or resin fillings) can be used with or without a wire to accomplish this. ...Read more

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Can teeth splinting be done for loose teeth to stabilize them?

Can teeth splinting be done for loose teeth  to stabilize them?

Yes: Splinting teeth will stabilize them. What happens is that you're essentially distributing the forces from 1 tooth to all of the teeth splinted. This can work well in many cases, however if all the teeth had a high degree of looseness splinting can only do so much. ...Read more

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I feel sick on and off most of the day, wake with a dull headache. I have a splint for my teeth as I did grind but not as much now. What could it be?

I feel sick on and off most of the day, wake with a dull headache. I have a splint for my teeth as I did grind but not as much now. What could it be?

Headache: Teeth grinding can certainly cause headache and TMJ and muscle issues. You need to go for a comprehensive dental /bite evaluation by a Prosthodontist to rule out any bite discrepancies and disharmony. He/she can certainly evaluate your bite and joints and treat or refer you to the right specialist if needed. ...Read more

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Had a bite splint made for grinding teeth. After wearing it I now have popping noise in my jaw when I open. Should I stop bite splint or resolve time?

Had a bite splint made for grinding teeth. After wearing it I now have popping noise in my jaw when I open. Should I stop bite splint or resolve time?

May be TMJ: from incomplete closure of the mouth when asleep. usually you will get adjusted to it. if the problem persists may need to change the splint or get it readjusted ...Read more

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What should I use to stop grinding my teeth at night besides a splint?

What should I use to stop grinding my teeth at night besides a splint?

There are many: Oral devices that are helpful in this regard. Two of the most common ones are the nti and the bitesoft devices - both of which cause posterior disclusion - prevent your back teeth from touching so there is a space between your back teeth. Consult with your dentist to see which device would be best suited for your condition. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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When you are wearing a soft splint at night how long does it take for the tingling sensation s in your teeth to stop?

Depends: If you are wearing the splint to help with nocturnal clench/grinding of your teeth, and if the "tingling" is due to the bruxism, then soon. Usually a hard nightguard works better. Check with your dentist. ...Read more

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Insurance only covers surgery for tmj, i don't want surgery, don't have $1k for a splint, have biteguard but only protects teeth. What can I do?

Medication, too: Use the bite guard nightly for now... Ask for a muscle relaxant to reduce the force of clenching/grinding... Put a little money aside and save up for the splint... ...Read more

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What is good to use on teeth to protect them at night from acid reflux damage? I wear a bite splint and am afraid the splint is holding the acid.

What is good to use on teeth to protect them at night from acid reflux damage? I wear a bite splint and am afraid the splint is holding the acid.

Look for cause: Hello. Bite splint is a guard probably. If i had problem like yours i will do 2 things.(1) go to md and look for the cause. Also ask your md to look for obstructive sleep apnea in a very early stage, and also eat 3 hours before going to sleep. There are some medication you may be able to use under your splint may be you should ask your dentist. Good luck. ...Read more

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After wearing a 24htmj decompression splint for the last 6months& my teeth are in contact only on front. It is hard to eat, TMJ pain.Is it normal?

After wearing a 24htmj decompression splint for the last 6months& my teeth are in contact only on front. It is hard to eat, TMJ pain.Is it normal?

Anterior displacemen: I assume that your disc is still anteriorally displaced and you have closed locking of the jaw joints. Hard to say without a history and exam. I would certainly inform the dentist/specialist who delivered you the splint and ask for options. I do some specialized treatment to conservatively get the mandible backward to try and get the teeth touching in the posterior again. Hope they do too! ...Read more

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I am wearing a decompression splint for the last 6 months after the arthroscopy, but my teeth are missaligned&space between upper-bottom. Is normal?

I am wearing a decompression splint for the last 6 months after the arthroscopy, but my teeth are missaligned&space between upper-bottom. Is normal?

No: Swelling or a misplaced cartilage in your TMJ can cause downward displacement of the back of your lower jaw. This is first seen as your back teeth not meeting normally. Keep in close contact with your treating dentist to see if it a swelling issue or if the cartilage needs to be recaptured to the proper location. ...Read more

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Does a splint wore more than 6 months after an atrhoscopy could cause irrevesible changes? Now my teeth meet on front only&jaw pain without it.

Does a splint wore more than 6 months after an atrhoscopy could cause irrevesible changes? Now my teeth meet on front only&jaw pain without it.

Possibly: Splints have different designs. If yours makes contact with front teeth only, the posterior teeth will passively erupt and hit first. The opposite is also true, if designed so as to contact posterior teeth, your front teeth may have passively erupted and now are the only ones in contact. See dentist asap. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have tons of craze lines on my lower teeth&wear a lower bite splint&have a lower permanent retainer.When i apply my bite splint i feel pressure.

I have tons of craze lines on my lower teeth&wear a lower bite splint&have a lower permanent retainer.When i apply my bite splint i feel pressure.

Thanks for asking!: A lot of patient has craze lines, it is normal with wear and tear pressure is also normal but to be safe have your dentist check the splint to see if an adjustment needed. ...Read more

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I wear 24hsplint(atrhoscopy -6 months ago, ant. Disc displacem)chewing is hard&teeth meet only frontly.Doctor said splint for next years.Is it viable?

I wear 24hsplint(atrhoscopy -6 months ago, ant. Disc displacem)chewing is hard&teeth meet only frontly.Doctor said splint for next  years.Is it viable?

Yes but..: If the bite does not go back to normal you will need to wear the splint indefinitely or need to have treatment to restore your bite like multiple crowns, surgery, orthodontics or a combination. ...Read more

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What does a soft splint mouth guard do and does it help with the alignment of your teeth or jaw?

What does a soft splint mouth guard do and does it help with the alignment of your teeth or jaw?

Avoid soft guard: A soft night guard is just a sophisticated chewing gum and should only ever be worn for TMJ or teeth alignment. Use soft only for sports as a protection guard. Avoid soft – It can stimulate an increase in bruxism (night teeth clenching). ...Read more

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How long do you wear a soft splint night guard for. My dentist said Its to relax my muscles and I'm only wearing one on my bottom teeth ?

Nightguard: If you are using a nightguard because of bruxism ( chronic grinding or clenching your teeth), there is no definitive time frame. Bruxism is a habit that can cause TMJ dysfunction, fractured teeth, and chronic headaches and migraines. Length of wear is dependent on control of the bruxism. This is something you need to discuss with your dentist. ...Read more

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I can't grind my teeth due to overbite. Can my tight lower bite splint have caused numerous crazelines on my lower incisors, or do I just have weak tooth enamel?

I can't grind my teeth due to overbite. Can my tight lower bite splint have caused numerous crazelines on my lower incisors, or do I just have weak tooth enamel?

Have guard eval: It is always good to have your dentist periodically evaluate your bitesplint and/or guard. You may need adjustments, and generally, know that your guard is meant to take the brunt of your bruxism/grinding/and/or clenching, so as to help protect your teeth. If it's too tight, get it checked! ...Read more

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Can I break a tooth with a TMJ splint in?

Can I break a tooth with a TMJ splint in?

Yes: It is best if a hard acrylic splint is constructed after the upper and lower dentitions are repaired if necessary- decay removed, etc. I realize that often the tmj/tmd has to be under control in order to have a comfortable appointment to fix the teeth...So a double edged sword exists. So yes, teeth can break from a splint, often the opposing teeth to the splint or the teeth anchoring the splint. ...Read more

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Splint (Definition)

A splint can be any type of external protection device designed to shield a bone or joint from injury. It may be used prophylactically to prevent injury or protect an injured bone or ...Read more