The Rubber Bite Cushion Appliance
is a thin inexpensive rubber shell that fits closely over the lower teeth. It does not impair speech, so it is suitable for daytime wear. However, unlike hard plastic appliances, it cannot be used for chewing, because the food bounces off the rubber. It is usually used during the days in conjunction with a hard plastic appliance worn during sleep.
DAMPING IMPACTS from teeth crashing together is one effect of this appliance. Teeth are jagged rocks. When they collide, they can create shock waves that are jarring to a neuromusculature already sensitized by chronic pain. The rubber bite cushion appliance softens bite impacts by covering the lower teeth with a continuous layer of thin rubber. It feels like rubberizing the track that you exercise on. This cushioning effect is most useful for people who clench during activities such as working out or driving. It protects their teeth and helps prevent subsequent (delayed) muscle pain following the activity.
The rubber bite cushion appliance, like any rubber appliance, can be problematic if used during sleep. The rubbery feel evokes chewing activity. People clench or grind more than normal, often while dreaming of eating.
THICKNESS can vary from ½ mm to 3 mm. Usually a 1 mm thick version provides adequate cushioning without affecting speech at all. Even your best friend will not notice that you are wearing it. In addition, the rubber is strong enough to be very durable. Even if you step on it, you can wash it off and use it again.
COST, when we already have high quality impressions for making another appliance, is $300. If new impressions are needed, there will be a cost for that as well.