A bite guard is a dental appliance custom-fit to a patient’s teeth. Bite guards serve varying purposes and are often recommended for use in patients of all ages. It is important that bite guards be professionally fit, rather than purchased over the counter, as this ensures maximum comfort and protection during wear. At Morrison Dental Care, our professional dental guards are prepared in a dental lab using oral impressions that have been taken in our office. These guards are created uniquely to each patient to prevent discomfort, slippage, or inadequate protection. There are many reasons why a dentist would prescribe a mouth guard to a patient, including:
- To protect the teeth, tongue and cheeks during sports and high-impact activities
- To protect the teeth from nighttime grinding or clenching
Did you know?
Caring for a dental bite guard is simple. You’ll need to rinse it before and after every usage using a soft-bristled toothbrush, toothpaste and cold water. From time to time, cleanse it with cold water and a mild soap. When not in use, store your mouth guard in a hard, ventilated container and keep it away from hot temperatures that could cause your guard to warp.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a bite guard?
You absolutely need to be fit for a custom bite guard if you participate in sports or activities that put your oral health at risk. These guidelines also apply to children, who often play sports like football or participate in activities like martial arts, which can cause tooth-related injuries. You may also need a bite guard if you are diagnosed with bruxism, or teeth-grinding. Over time, grinding or clenching the teeth can lead to wear and irreversible damage. Sleeping with a bite guard can protect the teeth from these unwanted side effects.
What should I expect when being fit for a dental bite guard?
Being fit for a bite guard is simple. You’ll visit Morrison Dental Care where Drs. Lewis and David Morrison will take an impression of your teeth and send it off to a dental laboratory. The lab will then carefully construct a durable and comfortable new bite guard that you can pick up at our office only days after your initial appointment.
Will I need to return to my dentist after getting my new bite guard?
Yes. Although custom bite guards are made of durable materials and designed to last through many uses, they do need to be replaced from time to time. Keep an eye on your bite guard, checking it frequently for wear. Also, bring it with you to your normal dental cleanings and checkups for a professional inspection. Be sure to tell Drs. Lewis and David Morrison if your bite guard no longer offers an optimal fit or if it has become uncomfortable to wear.
Morrison Dental Care serves the communities of Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Saratoga Springs, Troy, Waterford and Mechanicville. Call us at (518)371-3400 or for you convenience, you can use our online Request an Appointment form to arrange your consultation.