Benefits of Dental Mouth Guards

A dental mouth guard (or bite splint) is a custom-made appliance to help your jaws and teeth function in a more natural manner. Many people that experience tender or sore jaw muscles, difficulty in opening or closing their mouth, frequent headaches, or a clicking or grinding noise when chewing or yawning are those who typically need a dental mount guard. In some cases, the teeth are worn down or tender, causing even more sensitivity and pain.

Your dental mouth guard is made to fit over the biting surfaces of your lower jaw, allowing you to bite against the splint rather than your teeth. This will lessen the forces applied to your teeth while biting down, and it helps your jaw joints and muscles to relax. Once this is the case, most of the above-listed symptoms are either gone or, at least, better.

To monitor your progress we will need to do periodic evaluations and possibly make adjustments.

Reduce the Damage Caused by Stress or Habits

Sometimes grinding or clenching is caused by stress in our daily lives. In other cases, we will identify areas where your teeth don’t fit in a position where your jaw muscles are most comfortable. By making selective adjustments to your teeth we can improve this to a point the situation gets more stable. This process is comparable to physiotherapy which will take some time.

If you have any questions about dental mouth guards please contact Williams Lake Smiles by calling our office or visiting our dental office at your convenience.

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Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

COVID Patient Protocol

Our staff at Williams Lake Smiles are following careful safety protocol to keep our patients, team, and community safe at all times.

There are a few things that we are asking of you, our patients, as well:

-Please do not arrive early for your appointment time as we may not be able to accommodate you in our waiting room area. We are doing our best to limit your contact with others during your time in our clinic. If we are running ahead of schedule, we will call you to come in sooner.

-Due to our small waiting area, please do not bring any extra family members with you to your scheduled appointment.

-When you do arrive for your scheduled time, please wait in the front boot room for direction from a member of our team for entry protocol. If there is already another person in that boot room, please wait outside the front door until one of our team members can bring you in and allow appropriate social
distancing.

-We are not currently allowing anybody in the office unless you have a scheduled appointment time. Please call or email the office if you would like to book an appointment or have questions about upcoming appointments,  treatment, or billing.

-All people entering the clinic must wear a mask as per the current mandate from the BC provincial health minister (August 25, 2021).

-Upon arrival for your scheduled appointment, we will go through a verbal COVID screening questionnaire, take your temperature, and have you use hand sanitizer before entering the waiting room or treatment areas.

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate through the changing protocols, heavy workloads, and COVID limitations.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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