Most common signs or symptoms a bite splint is needed: \tTenderness of the jaw muscles. \tClicking or popping noise when one opens or closes the mouth. \tPain in or around the ear, sometimes spreading to the face. \tDifficulty in opening one’s mouth or pain brought on by chewing/yawning. \tCertain types of head or neck aches. \tChipped teeth or grinding patterns on teeth. How does a splint help these disorders? When the bite splint is in place, it allows your teeth to glide, but prevents you from clenching or grinding teeth forcefully, thereby giving your muscles time to relax. When should I wear the splint? Always wear your splint while you are sleeping. During waking hours, wear it as much as possible. The more you wear it, the sooner you will feel relief. Are there any effects I should be aware of? At first you will notice an increase in saliva. Within a week of regular wear this should start to diminish. Speech will also be a bit more difficult. That, too, will become easier with time. How do I care for my splint? When not wearing your splint, store it in its case.This will prevent losing or breaking it. Brush it with water and antibacterial soap using its own toothbrush. Occasionally, soaking your splint in Efferdent or any denture cleaning solution will help keep it clean for no more than 5-7 minutes. When will I see results? It may take a few weeks before noticing a difference in the relaxation of muscles and joints, and the relieving of headaches and neck aches associated with teeth grinding and clenching. With patience and diligent wear, results will occur. Schedule an Appointment Today Our Hudsonville, MI, dentists are ready to help you and your family get the quality dental care you deserve. Call Hudsonville Dental today at (616) 209-4024, or contact us online to schedule an appointment.