A Comparison of Hard and Soft Occlusal Splints for the Treatment of Nocturnal Bruxism in Children Using the BiteSTRIP®

Kolcakoglu K., DOĞAN S., TULGA ÖZ F., Aydlnbelge M.

Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry, vol.46, no.3, pp.219-224, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.17796/1053-4625-46.3.8
  • Journal Name: Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, CINAHL, EMBASE
  • Page Numbers: pp.219-224
  • Keywords: Bruxism, Teeth Grinding, Occlusal Splint, BiteStrip?, Children, SLEEP BRUXISM, TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDERS
  • Kayseri University Affiliated: No


© 2022 Clinical Pediatric Dentistry.Objective: Bruxism is defined as a parafunctional activity. It could be in diurnal or nocturnal form, based on the time it occurs. The purpose of the study compares the effectiveness of occlusal splint treatments in children with nocturnal bruxism using the BiteStrip®. Study Design: The muscle activity of children was measured using the BiteStrip®. The groups used occlusal splints during nighttime sleep for three months, at the end of which their muscle activity were measured again through the use of the BiteStrip®. Results: Muscle pain in palpation and pain in the dynamic position of TMJ pain was significantly reduced in patients using soft occlusal splint (p=0.01). There was no significant change in the BiteStrip® score in both group I (p=0.11) and group II (p=0.61). Conclusion: Soft occlusal splints could reduce pain caused by nocturnal bruxism on muscle and TMJ. The relationship between treatment results and BiteStrip® scores of patients using soft occlusal splint or hard occlusal splint are not significantly.