The prevalence of patients with Bruxism is on the rise. It should be no surprise to dentists, then, that also on the rise are chipped and cracked teeth, symptoms associated with TMJ/TMD and even cavities and gum disease. Dentists and their patients need some sort of protection for natural teeth and restorations.
Enter hard bite splints …
Research shows that hard bite splints protect a patient’s teeth from the pain and damage of bruxing and nighttime teeth grinding. In fact, one study revealed that a hard bite split significantly reduced muscle activity in eight out of 10 patients, whereas a soft bite splint had the same effect in only one participant and, in fact, caused an increase in muscle activity in half the participants.
Soft bite splints certainly have their place in the dental world, but for specifically limiting muscle activity and preventing damage to teeth, including dental restorations, hard bite splints do the better job. At the same time, not all hard bite splints are the same. Let’s take a look at the features of a few:
Comfort3D™ Bite Splint
This comfortable, hard bite splint is digitally designed and 3D-printed for a perfect fit and to help eliminate tooth damage caused by nighttime teeth grinding.
Comfort H/S™ Hard Soft Bite Splint
Because of its comfort and fit, this is the most commonly prescribed splint to alleviate pain and protect the teeth of people who suffer from Bruxism. The splint is comprised of two layers: the hard outer layer provides durability, and the softer inner layer provides comfort. This splint is a great choice for patients and for clinicians who are just getting started with bite splints.
Offering the closest fit for patients’ mouths, and therefore the most comfort, the CLEARspling® is also the premier choice for patients with implant restorations.
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All three of these hard bite splints offer unique differences, but they all protect the teeth from pain and damage caused by Bruxism.