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A 22-year-old female asked:

I already have dental implants for 2 of my incisors, but clench/grind my teeth. can i wear a night guard? my dentist said i should get one from them but my insurance doesnt cover. the drugstore moldable dental guard says not to use if i have implants?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Insurance Coverage: Dental insurance is not written to cover every bit of your care, as simple as that. You've invested so much time and effort (and money) into those titanium implants/prosthetics, and now you're willing to risk it all to save a few dollars? The drugstore guard will not protect your new teeth, and if you don't follow your dentist's advice and fracture/damage the restorations/implants, then what?
Dr. Neil McLeod
Dr. Neil McLeod commented
Prosthodontics 50 years experience
A very good answer!
Feb 24, 2021
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
So true. What my grandparents used to call "Penny wis and dollar foolish."
Feb 25, 2021
Dr. Robert Trager
Dentistry 55 years experience
LEARN TO PAY: IT IS NOT THAT EXPENSIVE FOR A NITE GUARD.YOU HAD MAJOR WORK DONE AND WANT TO PRESERVE IT, SO INVEST IN A NITE GUARD FOR HEALTH AND PEACE OF MIND. NO MATTER WHAT TYPE OF INSURANCE YOU HAVE THEY DON'T PAY FOR EVERYTHING.

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