The Snoring appliance is a comfortable, oral mouthpiece which is worn only during sleep. It looks similar to an athletic mouthguard. The upper tray of the appliance fits securely over your upper teeth while the bottom tray prevents your tongue and jaw from dropping back into the airway at night. These actions allow your upper airway to remain open and permit you to breathe more easily and naturally while you sleep. Clinical trials have shown that dental appliances are up to 90% effective in treating simple snoring and mild to significant sleep apnea. In fact, many users say they wake up feeling more rested and energetic in the mornings! Signs of sleep apnea can include: Choking or stopping breathing during sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, irresistible urge to nap or sleep during the day, limbs jerk during sleep, waking up tired or thirsty, and snoring. Chances are after a few nights using the appliance you won’t want to lie down without it !
TMJ OR MFPDS
TMJ is the acronym for temporomandibular Joint, which connects your lower jaw to your skull at the temporal bone. Some of the symptoms of TMJ or MFPDS (Myofascial Pain Dysfunction Syndrome) are:
- Pain when opening or closing mouth
- Trouble chewing
- Jaw becoming stuck open or shut
- Headaches or ear pain
- Clicking or popping when opening your mouth
- Teeth Grinding
Many of these symptoms can be often be associated with other health problems, so only a medical professional can tell you if it is due to TMJ. Teeth grinding is especially problematic because it can lead to further problems. Prolonged teeth grinding or bruxism, can cause enamel to wear off teeth and expose dentin. The dental dentin is softer than enamel and more susceptible to decay. Sensitivity to hot and cold food or drink may also develop from excessive teeth grinding. If you suspect you may have a grinding problem or pain in the joint, please call to discuss the appropriate solution for you.
Extraction Site Preservation
When removing a tooth it is important to consider what will be done with the empty space after that is removed. If a tooth is removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jaw bone may degenerate and change shape during the healing and can cause your teeth to shift. This could create problems in your bite, affect your ability to speak, and chew. If you want to fill in the space with a dental implant, a sturdy jaw bone is necessary to install the implant. If you opt for a dental bridge, the bridge must be molded and placed before the teeth shift. Your dentist is always open to a conversation on what you would like to do with your extraction site before removing a tooth, and discuss the correct treatment plan for you. Make sure to schedule follow up appointment to properly care for your extraction site.