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How Long Does a Dental Splint Last?

If you suffer with oral issues such as bruxism, TMJ/TMD, loose teeth, non-symmetrical teeth, or any other similar dental issues, visiting your dentist should be high up on your list of priorities.

Once you visit your dentist, they will then be able to determine what’s causing your issues and discuss potential treatment options. If you are suffering with any of the aforementioned issues, a dental splint could very well be recommended.

Dental splints are commonplace in the dental world here in Australia, and indeed, all around the globe for that matter but what exactly is a dental splint, and how long does a dental splint last? If you or your dentist is considering a dental splint to address your dental issues, here’s a better look at what they are, and how long they last.

What is a dental splint?

Despite its name, a dental splint is not actually similar to the type of splint you’d find on a body part if you happened to break it. A dental splint is a removable oral device that is designed to protect the teeth, and the bone, tissue, and surrounding structures, from damage caused by teeth grinding or clenching.

Dental splints can be in the form of occlusal splints which are used to treat bruxism, or they may be a simple night guard which is designed to stop grinding of the teeth while the patient sleeps.

Dental splints serve different purposes and come in different sizes, shapes, and materials. Typically however, they are transparent, removable, and are made from strong acrylic or resin. Their main purpose is to separate the teeth and create a barrier to keep the teeth aligned and to prevent them from grinding together.

How long does a dental splint last?

Like everything in life, nothing lasts forever, not even dental splints.

In terms of how long a dental splint lasts, it really depends on what you’re wearing it for in the first place. If you’re wearing a splint and your teeth are relatively healthy and free from breaks, chips, and fractures, a dental splint should be worn for 2 – 3 weeks on average.

On the flipside, if you’re suffering with damaged teeth caused by bruxism or any similar condition, experts recommend splinting for 6 – 8 weeks on average.

In the event of the dental splint being used to hold a crown in place, essentially turning two or more teeth into one solid structure. When used in this manner, dental splints can be permanent.

What causes a splint to fail?

As fantastic as dental splints can be, they aren’t always guaranteed to work. Sometimes, the splint can fail. But why? Here are some possible reasons for a splint to fail:

  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • The shape of the patient’s mouth
  • Additional damage to the teeth
  • Failure to maintain the splint
  • Poor quality dental splints


Why choose Dental Armour dental splints?

For anybody out there in need of a dental splint, choosing the right splint is very important. While there are plenty of dental splint manufacturers out there, not all of them are up to the standard you’d expect. Dental Armour however, most certainly are.

Dental Armour dental splints are custom made for you, they fit perfectly, they’re durable, they’re made to the highest of specs, and they’re also affordable as well.

Visit your dentist regularly

Even if your teeth look and feel perfectly fine and healthy, you should still make sure to visit your dentist regularly.

Regular dental visits will help to diagnose problems early on, or before they’ve even occurred. You can get tips on looking after your teeth, you can get recommendations and referrals, and you can ensure that your teeth look healthy and stay healthy.

Get your Dental Armour splints today

So, we’ve looked at how long a dental splint will last, as well as what they are and why they’re important, so now all that’s left is actually picking one up.

If you need a dental splint for any number of oral issues, get in touch with Dental Armour straightaway.

Dental Armour splints look great, they’re durable, they’re affordable, they can protect the teeth and ease pressure on the teeth and jaw, and they are custom made specifically for you, in as little as 48 hours!