Protective Mouthguards & Bite Splints
What is a Protective Mouthguard and Bite Splint?
Bruxism is a serious dental condition that can have a serious impact on your oral health. It involves clenching and grinding the teeth, especially at night while a patient is asleep. Most people who have bruxism aren’t even aware that they’re grinding their teeth so much and so often. We offer protective mouth guards and bite splints to help prevent the effects of bruxism.
Why would a Protective Mouthguard and Bite Splint be needed?
If you grind your teeth at night, we will recommend having a bite splint or guard made for you to wear. Tooth grinding can seriously damage your teeth over time, so it is best to wear something that provides cushioning between the upper and lower teeth. Some of the symptoms of bruxism include:
- Flat-looking teeth
- Toothache and pain
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Jaw soreness and tightness
Who is a candidate for a Protective Mouthguard and Bite Splint?
We can often determine if a patient has bruxism with a simple exam. The teeth may look worn, damaged and even flat. There may be some wear and tear to the restorations that you currently have, like your crowns and bridges. If you have bruxism, we will suggest having treatment to prevent further wear to the teeth.
What happens during the procedure for a Protective Mouthguard and Bite Splint?
The first step is to take an impression of the mouth. This mold is then used to make your brand new guard or bite splint. The appliance is easy to wear and should be placed in the mouth before going to bed at night. You will want to remove the appliance upon waking up and clean it as you would any other type of removable dental appliance. The device can be replaced as it shows signs of wear. You can expect the mouth guard to last for many years before this replacement is needed.
If you would like to learn more about mouth guards and bite splints, call us today to speak with one of our helpful staff members.