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What is a (bite) Occlusal Splint?

An occlusal splint is a diagnostic and treatment appliance of clear acrylic plastic which fits over the upper teeth. The side of the palate, insides, and just the tops of the teeth are covered. Various clasps at the back of the mouth assist retention. A precise model of the upper and lower teeth is made from accurate impressions. A registration of jaw relationships at the desired treatment position is secured. The required laboratory work takes from 10 days to 2 weeks.. Eye tooth (canine) extensions insure that jaw separation occurs in side to side movements. For the first day or so after the fitting appointment, your appliance may seem to fit tightly, but the teeth move slightly to an accommodation position. Maximum benefits are provided by maximum wearing. If it is not convenient, the appliance may be removed for eating.

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