Soft Splints

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Otherwise known as braces, splints are generally a protective material that is most often used during the night time to stop an individual from teeth grinding or excessive teeth biting. Soft splints for teeth will generally be produced using a blend of hard acrylic and milder thermoplastic material. Normally, a layer of hard acrylic is sandwiched along with a layer of gentler thermoplastic to make a two-layer occlusal support. Soft splint uses a hard acrylic to make a solid external shell to safeguard teeth from biting, crushing and grasping. The inward thermoplastic layer fits straight over the teeth to work on understanding solace. 

Soft splints can be made to fit over the upper or lower teeth, and are helpful in the treatment of mild to moderate bruxism. As soft splints for teeth are for the most part more convenient than hard splints, they are likewise useful for working on patient consistency. In that capacity, soft splints for teeth could be considered for use with patients who are especially sensitive or fearful about utilising hard splints.

There are various treatment techniques that the doctor might consider based on the individual’s concerns. It should also be noted that the making of splints might require around 7-14 days based on the type of soft splint.

Occlusal Adjustment: This technique changes the bite or occlusion (how the teeth meet up) of the teeth by a minor reshaping of the gnawing surfaces so that there is lesser power obtained and evenly distributed, limiting the mobility.

Splinting: Assuming that various teeth have lost their strength because of periodontal issues, they can be combined like pickets in a wall so the gnawing force is disseminated uniformly to a choice of teeth as opposed to a single tooth.

Temporary splinting: It is accomplished by combining teeth with either an extra-coronal splint or intra-coronal braces.

Permanent or fixed splinting: This technique fixes any loose teeth permanently by crowning the impacted teeth together and creating a brace where the crowns are combined together.

Occlusal splints or guards: On the off chance that excessive teeth biting or grinding habits are obvious in the patient, a removable guard might additionally safeguard the teeth from the power being applied to that area.

Treatments

Soft splint for teeth is predominantly used to treat;

  • Excessive teeth biting 
  • Sleep or awake bruxism
  • Teeth clenching
  • Teeth grinding 
  • Temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders 

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