How Custom Oral Appliances Treat Smile Issues

Los Angeles oral appliance

When you have issues like TMJ disorder and bruxism, which cause discomfort and major complications, you need relief. In addition, people with sleep apnea need treatment to avoid problems with your health. To do this, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist may recommend a custom-made oral appliance.

Crafting an Oral Appliance

An oral appliance is a custom-made device that will look and fit in a similar manner as a mouthguard. The device is worn at night, and helps dress a fairy of factors behind orofacial pain, such as headaches, jaw pain, earaches, and trouble eating and speaking. To create the device, we will take a series of clear and detailed images and x-rays of your smile with a digital scanning system. These images are then combined to create a 3D computer model, one far roe accurate and precise than traditional physical impressions. This allows us to create a device that helps address your unique oral health situation, and bring relief from painful symptoms and complications. 

Treating TMJ Disorder

TMJ disorder arises when the jaw joints are impacted by serious stress and strain. This could cause pain in the head, neck, and face, as well as a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw. Over time, you could have trouble opening and closing your mouth fully! But by wearing the appliance, the pressure on your jaw is eased, and you avoid these symptoms. This allows you to more fully open and close your mouth. 

Treating Bruxism

Chronic teeth grinding and clenching is known as bruxism. Over time, this disorder could wear down tooth enamel or even crack or chip a tooth. Your teeth could appear shorter, and the risk of tooth decay and infection, along with headaches and jaw pain, will increase. Treatment helps prevent damage and save your smile. Wearing the oral appliance means relief from pain!

Stopping Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea means that multiple times in the night you stop breathing briefly as soft tissues block airflow. This could leave you feeling exhausted, and threatens your immune system and overall heart health too. But with an oral appliance, we reposition your jaw to prevent the collapse of soft tissues and to help you breathe without interruption throughout the night. If you have any questions about our custom made treatment options, or about other options like medication and physical therapy, then contact our team today to learn more. Enjoy a healthier and more comfortable smile in 2022!

Talk To Your Los Angeles, CA Dentist About Treatment

We want to help find the best solution to your jaw joint strain and orofacial pain. If you would like to learn more, contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867.