Mouth Guard Post Operation Information

A bite splint (mouthguard) is a custom made appliance to help your jaws and teeth function in a more natural manner. Many people 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. In some cases, the teeth are worn down or tender.

Your bite splint 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.

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 please call the office at your convenience.

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Happy New Year to all our patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

There’s just something about a new year! It represents a clean slate, a new beginning for many of us. As we finished up with 2020, we all want to believe that 2021 will bring a sort of relief from much of what the past year has brought us. 

Although there are still many restrictions and hurdles ahead of us, we are all doing our best to prove that we are resilient and focused on brighter and healthier days ahead.

The start of 2021 finds many of us evaluating our health and making plans and potential changes for the year ahead. So, as you are making some New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to add dental care to that list!

Managing your dental health is a key factor of keeping your immune system strong to help protect you against any attack. Just as important as a good diet, rest and exercise, your dental health is something you should not ignore.

Often dental changes can happen with little to no discomfort or warning. Just as changes in the rest of your body happen, it is the same for your teeth and mouth. We all know that age, stress, hormones and busy schedules (just to name a few) sneak up on us and seem to cause changes to our bodies almost overnight. Where you used to be able to eat whatever you wanted, barely exercise and stay up all hours of the night, you might be noticing that you just can’t do that anymore! It is similar with our dental care routine. If you have been doing the same routine for what seems like forever, it might be time to evaluate and change things, even slightly, to be more effective in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is here to help make your health a top priority. We look forward to continuing to work with you as life changes happen and want to make dental pain and emergency the smallest challenges possible.

This past year we have been working even harder to make our office a safe, welcoming place for you to visit. You may notice our policies and protocols have changed and will continue to do so based on recommendations from our professional colleges, provincial and local health authorities. Please respect these new policies and understand that some extra screening and time is required in order to achieve this. To keep things running smoothly, it is very important to complete all screening paperwork prior to all visits to our office. If the required paperwork is not completed, we may need to reschedule your appointment time.

Contact our team to schedule a dental appointment to help you be the healthiest you in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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