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Protect teeth from excessive wear and relieve the symptoms such as tension headaches, caused by grinding or clenching teeth whilst sleeping
The term "dental splint" is used to refer to several types of orthodontic devices which are designed to address dental problems such as loose teeth and bruxism, in addition to problems with snoring and apnea. Bruxism is a medical condition in which the sufferer grinds or clenches the teeth unconsciously, often during sleep.
Dental splinting, used to treat loose teeth, involves joining teeth together. The splint stabilizes teeth so that they are less likely to move, which can weaken the teeth and cause them to fall out. Splinting may be used for temporary stabilization of loose teeth, or to address ongoing issues; it is important to address the underlying cause of the looseness, as a dental splint cannot resolve a dental problem.
For people with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and bruxism, a dental splint is used to protect the teeth from damage at night. The hard splint is worn like a mouthguard fitted over the top or bottom teeth, depending on the needs of the patient. It is important to fit the splint to the patient's mouth, as an ill-fitting dental splint can put strain on the teeth or cause discomfort. In these patients, people grind down the splint, rather than the teeth, and strain on the teeth and jaw can be reduced.