At this checkup, they took the splint out and gave me looser elastics. First they removed all the tight bands and asked me to open and close a few times to make sure my bite is stable. With about 4 snips on the wires holding the splint in, it came out pretty easy. No pain, no worries. There was a lot of food stuck between my splint and my teeth, especially behind the front teeth, which I was allowed to brush to clean it out. Part of the gums felt weird from not being exposed to air for 3 weeks and the gums between my last two molars were inflamed from being behind the splint. The gum issues cleared up in a few days. I was given loose rubber bands to wear from upper canine to lower molar to keep guiding my bite and preventing any sudden jerking of the jaw. I thought that I would instantly be able to open my mouth after being unbanded, but I was surprised to find that I really couldn’t open at all. This is because the jaw muscles haven’t been used and were tense from clenching for 3 weeks.
Every day was an improvement in my ability to open my mouth. It especially got better after sleeping, which I believe relaxed the muscles, allowing me to open wider and with less pain each day. I used the heating pad often to try to relax the muscles during the day. The pain was very similar to a pulled muscle.
With the splint out, I was able to eat anything that could fit into my mouth without chewing.
Meatball blended in sauce
Mac and cheese lightly blended (basically like a pre-chewed consistency)
Alfredo noodles extra saucy
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Flan and Chocolate Mousse (made with whole milk)