When you have painful headaches, aches in your jaw, or even issues with resting due to snoring or sleep apnea, then you need a solution to avoid worsening complications. Fortunately, we have a method for treating all of these concerns! In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about oral appliance therapy.
Creating Your Custom Appliance
An oral appliance is a device that will look similar to a mouthguard, and is worn while you sleep at night. We can use them to correct a number of issues with the balance of your smile, and to ensure proper breathing at night. To create one, we start by gathering detailed digital images and measurements from your smile with advanced imaging systems. We combine these to create a 3D computer impressions, one far more detailed than a traditional physical impression. In a lab setting, we use the information to create an appliance with accuracy and precision. You can then start treatment!
TMJ disorder means the temporomandibular joints have undergone excessive strain, causing a disorder linked to trouble fully opening and closing the mouth. People with the disorder develop headaches, jaw pain, popping or clicking in the jaw, and neck and facial aches. An oral appliance actually repositions the jaw to ease strain on the joints, putting a stop to discomfort and allowing you to enjoy a more balanced and comfortable bite!
What about bruxism? This disorder means that you grind and clench your teeth on a near nightly basis. This pressure could cause headaches, jaw pain, and facial aches, while also wearing down enamel and even cracking or chipping a tooth. They damage not only alter smile beauty, but increases the risk of tooth decay and dental infection too. The device helps reposition the jaw to correct the imbalance that causes bruxism, and also puts a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth to prevent further damage.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
When you snore or develop sleep apnea, this means your breathing is limited or suspended several times in the night by the collapse of soft tissues. To avoid worsening rest and impacts on your overall health and quality of life, we could use an oral appliance. The device will move the jaw forward to prevent the collapse of soft tissues, and allow you to breathe without interruption. This stops snoring and prevents the cessation of breathing that occurs due to sleep apnea.
Talk To Your Los Angeles, CA, Dentist About Our Custom Treatments
Our team wants to improve the function and health of your smile by addressing disorders caused by strain and imbalance. If you would like to learn more about how our team improves the health, function, and beauty of your smile, contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867.