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America’s Dental Expert

Bite Splints and Night Guards

Some dentists think half of Americans should be wearing a night guard when they sleep, and America’s Dental Expert is no different.

Night guards, also known as bite splints, are acrylic appliances that protect your teeth from wearing down while you sleep. But why would patients get a bite guard custom made from their dentist when they can pickup a generic one from the local drug store?

In this episode America’s Dental Expert explains the process how bite guards are traditionally made and the newest procedures for taking digital impressions and printing bite guards right in the dental office.

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