Your occlusal guard is a diagnostic, relaxing and protective for your oral structures.
Your occlusal guard has been shown to help 80-95% of the people with symptoms of clenching, grinding and tooth mobility associated with gum disease. Since the effects of occlusal guard are individual characteristics, relief signs will vary. The usual wear of a guard is during sleep, however, if worn more than eight hours a day, modification of the guard may indicated. Notify the office if you feel longer waking wear is desired.
Your guard is not constructed for wear during meals. You will notice when you first remove the guard from your mouth the teeth may make contact differently. This is because of muscle and ligamental relaxation. The muscles and ligaments will quickly modify their action. Notify the office if you feel discomforts associated with the relaxed positioning of your jaws.
Your guard is constructed from a very hard acrylic. Sometimes after dental therapy or extensive wear of the guard, modifications may be indicated. Be sure to bring your guard to all dental visits including cleaning so that its function can be evaluated.
Store your guard in water or a 100% humid environment. A sealed dish, a ziplock bag, or a cup will be sufficient. Long term storage is suggested in a sealed container of mouthwash, water, and a drop of chlorine bleach. Thorough rinsing is necessary before returning to wear. Clean your splint before and after wearing with your toothbrush and paste.
Guards can be broken by undue stress or pressure. Avoid squeezing your guard as a hand exerciser. Guards are lost at hotels. Secure your guard in appropriate storage, do not leave it in a dampened cloth or paper as it will be misplaced. Do not leave your guard in the presence of pet or small children as it will become their toy.