What is a bite plate?
A bite plate is an acrylic piece moulded to the teeth to be worn day or night to prevent the top teeth from coming in contact with the lower ones.
Who can benefit from a bite plate?
This is a beneficial device for people who suffer from bruxism (clenching and / or grinding of the teeth) or TMJ problems (problems of articulation) or neuromuscular problems.
What are the functions of a bite plate?
Absorb some of the stress of bruxism forces and clenching.
Relax the jaw muscles to ease the tension.
Relieve jaw joints (TMJ) and decrease pain.
Limit the progression of tooth decay by bruxism, and limit the deterioration of the supporting bone.
Broken teeth, fractured or missing
Premature tooth wear
Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
Tooth sensitivity (without decay)
Sensitive facial muscles in the morning
Pressure in the ears area
Awakening during sleep
How is it made?
Using impressions of the teeth, plaster models are made
They are then sent to the laboratory to make a custom plate.
Fitting the appliance
After the appliance is fitted in the mouth, adjustments might be required to optimize the comfort and retention.
Consequence of non-treatment
Wear away of natural teeth and porcelain.
Fractured teeth (sometimes this is irreversible)
Cracking at the opening or closing of the mouth
Muscle spasms causing morning headaches.
Periodontal problems and gum recession
Disruption of postural control …. etc.
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