Bruxism and temporomandibular disorders are common oral health problems that affect many people. These conditions can cause pain in the jaw, head, and neck, as well as affect sleep quality. One of the most effective solutions for these conditions are discharge trays. In this article, we will discuss how these splints work and why they are an effective solution for bruxism and temporomandibular disorders.
What is bruxism and temporomandibular disorders?
Bruxism is a disorder in which people clench or grind their teeth during sleep or in times of stress. This can cause dental wear, jaw and head pain, and difficulty sleeping. Temporomandibular disorders, also known as TMD, are a series of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint and the muscles that control the jaw. TMD can cause pain in the jaw, head, and neck, as well as difficulty opening or closing the mouth.
How do discharge trays work?
Discharge splints are custom-made dental devices that are placed in the mouth to help prevent bruxism and TMD. These splints are used to protect teeth and relieve tension in the jaw muscles during the night. Splints can also be used during the day if you clench or grind your teeth consciously. Discharge splints are made of durable, wear-resistant materials such as acrylic and polycarbonate.
What are the benefits of discharge splints?
Discharge splints have several benefits for people suffering from bruxism and TMD.
- First, splints protect teeth from wear and fracture, which can help prevent long-term dental problems.
- Second, splints can reduce tension in the jaw muscles, which can relieve pain and reduce symptoms associated with TMD.
- Finally, splints can improve sleep quality by reducing noise and activity related to bruxism.
How are discharge splints made?
The discharge splints are made to measure to fit the patient’s mouth. The process begins with a visit to the dentist to perform an exam and take impressions from the mouth. These impressions are used to create a model of the patient’s mouth, which is used to manufacture the discharge splint. The manufacturing process can take from a few days to a week, depending on the type of splint and the material used.
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Although many people do not give importance to this step, it is crucial for good maintenance and good oral hygiene:
Rinse the splint after use
After removing the splint, rinse it with warm water to remove any saliva or food residue. Make sure not to use hot water, as this can deform the splint.
Clean it with a soft brush
Use a soft, non-abrasive toothbrush to clean the splint. Do not use toothpaste as it can scratch or damage the splint material. Instead, use a cleaning solution specially designed for dental splints, which can be found in pharmacies.
Store in a clean, dry case
When you’re not using the splint, keep it in a clean, dry case to protect it from environmental contaminants. It is also important to make sure the splint is completely dry before storing, as moisture can promote bacterial growth.
By following these simple steps, you will be able to take care of your splint correctly. Thanks to this, you will be able to increase its useful life.
We can help you improve your dental health
At our dental clinic in Malaga, we can offer you any kind of dental treatment to improve your dental aesthetics as well as your health. We will help you sleep better by creating a perfect splint for your needs. Do you want to know more about the services we can offer you? Do not hesitate to contact us.