Night guards, also referred to as splints and occlusal guards, are an inexpensive and effective way to protect your teeth and restorations! Dr. White and his staff look for existing worn down teeth and any history of restoration fracture to determine what type of guard is most appropriate. An impression of your teeth is made, along with a recording of your jaws as they relate to each other in a comfortable resting position. With this information, the lab will build a custom guard. Around two weeks later, we will try your night guard in and adjust the appliance to make sure your bite is comfortable.
While a number of over-the-counter options exist, these guards are often of little value beyond serving as an inexpensive starting point to assess if a splint will be tolerated by a patient.