Oral Appliances: How Do They Help?

You may not have much of an understanding of what oral appliances are because you may not have heard of them before. However, when we suggest that you may need oral appliance therapy, you might realize heythere may be a solution to my problem! As for what to make of this, we can tell you in a nutshell that this appliance is a mouthguard. There are different types, of course, depending on your needs. What might those be, you may be wondering? Let’s sort through the primary disorders.

If It’s For TMJ Disorder

If you suffer from TMJ disorder, then we may suggest oral appliance therapy for you. Remember that your TMD is the result of TMJs (jaw joints) that are stressed or damaged or strained. Regardless, they need to rest, otherwise, healing and preventing damage just cannot happen. A mouthguard will gently reposition your TMJs, so they can get some rest and relaxation.

If It’s For Bruxism Disorder

When it comes to bruxism disorder, we may suggest an oral appliance because your grinding and clenching are happening every day (or night). The mouthguard will do one of two things (or both) for you: First, if you grind, it will stop this motion from taking place and from leading to damage. Second, if you tend to clench more, it will place a buffer between the top teeth and the bottom teeth in your smile. That way, even if your muscles fire off, teeth won’t be able to place any pressure against one another.

If It’s For Sleep Apnea Disorder

Oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea does the following: It very slightly repositions your lower jaw, moving it outward. You will feel comfortable and gain the benefit of helping your air passages stay open.

Receive Oral Appliance Therapy To Protect Your Smile

If you suffer from a disorder like sleep apnea, bruxism, or TMD, remember to see us soon to discuss how an oral appliance may protect your oral health and overall health. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.