An occlusal splint, also called a night guard, can not only hold the teeth in position but also has some additional benefits. It is custom fitted to the patient’s teeth like a retainer, but there is a layer of plastic between the teeth (preferably hard plastic). This layer is adjusted so that all of the teeth are touching evenly. If someone has the tendency to grind their teeth at night, this layer can prevent tooth wear even if grinding continues. If the patient does not have an optimal bite to begin with, the artificial bite created with the splint can sometimes be helpful in reducing TMJ symptoms. These symptoms are usually related to the frequency and intensity of the grinding, both of which have been found to be reduced with a well-adjusted splint.
As there have been significant improvements in the rates of COVID-19 infection and increases in the vaccinated population, we are now welcoming our patients and parents into our waiting rooms. There is no need to call us when you arrive. The wearing of facecoverings will be optional for our patients and their families, although our staff will be continuing to wear masks when in close proximity to others. We continue to take precautions for prevention of spreading COVID-19. We remain vigilant with our sterilization and disinfection protocols and we will continue taking additional precautionary measures as well. We still ask that you reschedule your appointments if the patient has been symptomatic in the last ten days or has been recently exposed to someone known to be infected with COVID-19.
We will continue utilizing only half of our operatories to maintain significant distance between patients. We ask that all of our patients thoroughly brush their teeth prior to their appointments to limit the use of our toothbrushing area. As always, we will continue to be committed to giving each of our patients the best experience possible!
Thank you for your understanding!
Dr. Reddick and the Reddick Orthodontics Team