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. Well, the concept is the same, a bite plate is worn over your teeth in order 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 grinder, or you clench your teeth during the night, a bite plate is made for you to protect your teeth from further wear. A bite plate is also called an Occlusal Stabilising Splint – and that is exactly what the plate is supposed to be helping you, 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 make 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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