Bite splints are the ideal solution for bruxers and grinders. Constructed to your occlusal plane specifications on the upper or lower arch, Smith-Sterling offers two bite splints: the Comfort Bite Splint™ (hard) and the Comfort H/S Bite Splint™ (hard/soft). The outer layer of the Comfort H/S Bite Splint is a hard, durable co-polyester, while the internal surface is padded with 1 mm of soft polyurethane to rest comfortably in the mouth.
Start with an accurate, void-free impression of both arches. Ensure no tears or bubbles are present in impression material for precision fit. Instruct patient to close into centric relation to verify midline position and bite. Then, place two cotton rolls behind the cuspids, and instruct patient to close; with patient in open bite, inject bite registration into the posterior openings of both quadrants. In addition, inject bite registration into anterior opening to capture a complete open construction bite.
Seat splint and evaluate fit and retention. If adjustments are necessary, adjust with carbide bur or Lisko-S disc. Polish if needed. Once seated in the patient’s mouth, check bite with marking tape to identify premature occlusion; adjust and polish as needed.