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Protect Your Smile and Your Health: The Benefits of Bite Guards

  • Protect Your Teeth: Bite guards act as a protective barrier, preventing teeth grinding (bruxism) during sleep, preserving the integrity of your teeth.
  • Prevent Jaw Pain: By cushioning your teeth and reducing the force of clenching, bite guards help alleviate jaw pain and discomfort associated with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
  • Reduce Headaches: Many headaches are linked to teeth grinding. Bite guards can help minimize or eliminate these headaches by preventing grinding and reducing muscle tension in the head and neck.
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    How Bite Guards Protect Your Smile

    Discover how bite guards shield your teeth from grinding and clenching, preventing damage and alleviating discomfort. Explore their vital role in safeguarding your oral health and enhancing your overall well-being.

    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. Professional dental guards are usually prepared in a dental lab using an oral impression taken in a dentist’s 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. They include:

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    Essential Care Guide for Dental Bite Guards: Maintaining Cleanliness and Longevity

    Caring for a dental bite guard is essential to ensure its effectiveness and longevity. Fortunately, the maintenance routine is straightforward and can be easily incorporated into your daily habits. Here’s an expanded guide on how to properly care for your dental bite guard

    Rinse Before & After Use

    Before inserting your dental bite guard, thoroughly rinse it under cold water. This helps remove any debris or bacteria that may have accumulated since its last use. After each use, rinse it again to ensure cleanliness. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush along with toothpaste to gently brush the surface of the guard, ensuring all areas are clean.

    Regular Cleaning

    In addition to daily rinsing, it’s important to perform a deeper clean from time to time. This involves cleansing the bite guard with cold water and a mild soap. Avoid using hot water or harsh cleaning agents as they can damage the material of the guard. Gently scrub the surface with your fingers or a soft brush to remove any stubborn buildup.

    Proper Storage

    When your dental bite guard is not in use, it should be stored properly to maintain its shape and cleanliness. Store it in a hard, ventilated container to protect it from dust, bacteria, and damage. Avoid storing it in airtight containers or plastic bags, as these can promote bacterial growth. Additionally, keep the guard away from hot temperatures and direct sunlight, as heat can cause it to warp or deform.

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    More Than Just a Mouth guard! The Comprehensive Advantages of Bite Guards

    Discover the multifaceted benefits of bite guards beyond mere dental protection. Unveil the comprehensive advantages they offer for overall health and well-being in our in-depth exploration.

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    How Bite Guards Work

    Getting a Bite Guard: A Step-by-Step Guide 
    Discover the essential steps to acquiring a bite guard in this comprehensive guide. From initial assessment to fitting, empower yourself with the knowledge to safeguard your dental health effectively.

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    Initial Consultation

    The process typically begins with an initial consultation with Dr. Margarita Kutsikovich. During this visit, you'll discuss your symptoms, dental history, and any concerns related to grinding or clenching of teeth.

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    Examination

    Dr. Kutsikovich will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and jaw to assess the extent of the issue and determine if a bite guard is necessary. X-rays or other diagnostic tests may be conducted to aid in the assessment.

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    Impressions

    If it's determined that a bite guard is needed, impressions of your teeth will be taken. This can involve using a dental putty or digital scanning technology to create an accurate mold of your teeth.

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    Customization

    Using the impressions, a custom-made bite guard will be created specifically for your mouth. This ensures a comfortable fit and optimal protection for your teeth.

    5

    Fitting

    Once the bite guard is ready, you'll return to Premier Dental Associates for a fitting appointment. Dr. Kutsikovich will ensure that the bite guard fits properly and make any necessary adjustments to ensure comfort and effectiveness.

    6

    Instructions

    You'll receive detailed instructions on how to properly use and care for your bite guard. This may include information on when to wear it (e.g., at night or during times of stress), how to clean it, and how to store it when not in use.

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    Follow-Up

    Follow-up appointments may be scheduled to monitor your progress and make any further adjustments to the bite guard if needed. Dr. Kutsikovich may also provide guidance on managing any underlying issues contributing to bruxism, such as stress or misaligned teeth.

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    Don’t let dental issues stand in the way of your beautiful smile. Investing in a bite guard today can help ensure you have proper dental care and protect your natural teeth. Don’t wait any longer – now is the time to take action and get that winning smile with Bite Guards!
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Discover all you need to know about bite guards with our comprehensive FAQs. From benefits to usage tips, find answers to common queries for effective dental protection.
    What is a bite guard?
    A bite guard, also known as a night guard or occlusal splint, is a custom-made dental appliance designed to protect your teeth from damage caused by grinding or clenching during sleep.
    Bite guards act as a cushion between your upper and lower teeth, absorbing the force of clenching or grinding to prevent wear and tear on your teeth and alleviate associated discomfort or pain.
    If you experience symptoms like jaw pain, headaches, or worn teeth, you may benefit from a bite guard. Additionally, those diagnosed with bruxism (teeth grinding) or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) often find relief with a custom-fitted bite guard.
    At Premier Dental Associates, we take precise impressions of your teeth to create a custom-fitted bite guard tailored to your unique bite and jaw structure. This ensures optimal comfort and effectiveness in protecting your teeth while you sleep.
    Yes, our bite guards are crafted from high-quality materials and custom-fit to your mouth, providing a comfortable and secure fit. Many patients find relief from discomfort and enjoy improved sleep quality with the use of a properly fitted bite guard.
    The process typically involves two appointments. During the first visit, we’ll take impressions of your teeth. At the second appointment, usually a few weeks later, we’ll deliver your custom-made bite guard and ensure it fits perfectly for optimal comfort and protection.
    Proper maintenance is essential to prolong the life of your bite guard. Rinse it with water after each use and regularly clean it with a soft toothbrush and mild soap. Avoid exposing it to excessive heat or direct sunlight, and store it in its provided case when not in use.
    While bite guards are primarily designed for nighttime use, some patients may benefit from wearing them during the day, especially if they clench or grind their teeth during waking hours. However, it’s essential to consult with our dental professionals to determine the most suitable usage for your specific needs.
    With proper care and maintenance, a bite guard from Premier Dental Associates can last several years. However, regular check-ups are recommended to ensure its effectiveness and make any necessary adjustments to accommodate changes in your bite or jaw alignment.
    Coverage for bite guards varies depending on your dental insurance plan. Some plans may partially or fully cover the cost of a medically necessary bite guard, especially if it’s prescribed to alleviate symptoms associated with bruxism or TMJ disorder. We can assist you in navigating your insurance coverage and maximizing your benefits.

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    Rita Kutsikovich DDS, MSH
    Dr. Rita Kutsikovich, DDS, MPH., is a specialist in the field of prosthodontics and offers a wide array of services and treatments in specialized dentistry. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University for her undergraduate training and immediately advanced to Dental School at the Medical College of Virginia, completed the four year doctoral degree program in 2001, and became a licensed dentist.
    She went on to pursue additional specialized education for three more years and graduated in 2004 from University of Pittsburgh with Masters Degree in Public health and Certificate in Prosthodontics. During those three years she has also managed to earn her Diplomate Status in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists , DICOI (www.icoi.org to find out more about the requirements to earn the status of DICOI). Her rigorous training enabled her with the expertise to provide comprehensive, complex treatments for patients.

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