Many times, patients are requested to wear a bite plate over their existing teeth. Many of us think of bite plates similar to a gum guard during sports play. The concept is the same; a bite plate is worn over your teeth to protect or change your bite. Some of the reasons for wearing a bite plate for prosthodontic reasons are:

If you are a bruxer or a teeth grinder, or you clench your teeth during the night, a bite plate is made for you to protect your teeth from further wear. Typically, teeth grinding is considered a harmless condition, but when it occurs daily, often at night, this can lead to the wear and tear of your teeth. Most people are unaware that they fall under the category of “teeth grinder,” as most of the action happens at night while in a deep sleep. Sore and tender gums are often a sign of bruxism.

A bite plate is also called an Occlusal Stabilising Splint – and that is what the plate is supposed to be helping you with, to help stabilise your bite so that you may reduce the habit of grinding or wearing your teeth away more.

If you are diagnosed with sleep apnoea, one of the ways of helping you relieve your apnoea or lack of oxygen to your lungs is to create a bite plate to keep your airway open. However, it is very important that you are first diagnosed with sleep apnoea, as wearing a bite plate is a very difficult task, especially for the night.

The reasons for making a bite plate for the treatment of sleep apnoea would also translate for the treatment of snoring. A plate worn for the prevention of snoring would also work in the same way of keeping patency for air to fill your lungs freely.

There are many different types of bite plate therapy to be used, and the only way of diagnosing a proper plate for you is to come and get a consult done by me.

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