Nowadays we have many tools that allow us to improve oral health. One of the most commonly used is the dental splint, and not only for people finishing orthodontic treatment, but also to reduce the effects of other pathologies such as bruxism.
We know that there are many types of mouthguards that are even sold in pharmacies, which is why we believe that it is essential to know the difference between a dental splint and a mouthguard of this type, in order to determine what is best for each particular case.
What is the difference between a dental splint and a mouthguard?
Both options are intended to protect the upper and lower teeth from each other, i.e. they provide a physical barrier that protects against damage such as fractures or wear.
Splints, on the other hand, are custom-made for each patient and are made of harder acrylic than other mouthguards. It is true that this makes the product more expensive, but it is much more effective when the aim is to alleviate the effects of bruxism.
Mouthguards are used in some contact sports such as boxing, and are also intended to protect the teeth, gums and lips. They are made of rubber or plastic and are usually sold in standard sizes that are then adjusted with heat.
If you need to protect your mouth while doing a sport or other similar activity, the mouthguard will be enough. However, if we have other conditions such as bruxism, it is necessary to make a made-to-measure splint that fits our teeth perfectly and protects us.
At Clínica Bajo we can study your case and advise you on the best option for you. Our professional team is waiting for you in the south of Tenerife.