Mouth Appliances Overview
At Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, our compassionate team is dedicated to preserving, protecting, improving, and enhancing the oral health of our patients through a variety of custom oral appliances. While the reasoning behind various oral appliances may differ, these custom devices are often used to bring health and harmony back to the smile. Skilled general dentists Doctors Richard Caron and John Kenney are proud to offer mouth appliances that include night guards for teeth grinding (bruxism), snore appliances to reduce the effects of snoring and sleep apnea, sports mouth guards to protect against injury during sporting activities, and advanced Kois Deprogrammer appliances to evaluate and improve biting stability and equilibration. If you would like to learn more about how custom oral appliances from our Tupelo, MS team might benefit your family's oral health, set up a consultation with doctors Caron or Kenney today.
Best Candidates for Mouth Appliances
Snore Appliances: Custom snore appliances can help minimize the incidence of snoring, which is often a symptom of a more serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. Snore appliances gently help to hold the tongue and lower jaw in a more forward position during sleep to help prevent the collapse of soft tissue into the airway, resulting in snoring and breathing concerns.
Kois Deprogrammer Appliance: Patients who have pain in the jaw, facial muscles, or back teeth may benefit from wearing a Kois Deprogrammer appliance. With this removable appliance, our team can also learn important information about how the upper and lower teeth meet when biting together. Data retrieved from wearing this appliance can greatly assist us in diagnosing occlusal conditions and planning for treatment designed to improve biting function, equilibration, and overall oral comfort.
Night Guards: A number of symptoms may indicate that you are grinding your teeth and/or clenching your jaw while you sleep. You might wake up in the morning with tightness and pain in your jaw, a headache, or facial swelling. Other signs are loose fillings or teeth, chipped enamel on your back teeth, tooth sensitivity, and a receding gumline.
Sports Appliances: Anyone who plays sports, from kids to older adults, is a great candidate for a sports mouth guard. These custom-made guards can help protect the teeth and gums from damage should impact or injury occur to the face, jaw, or mouth.
A personalized consultation with our Tupelo, MS team can help you determine if one of these appliances is needed to address your family's dental needs or concerns. To provide the highest level of care for you and your family, custom oral appliances may also be combined with other treatments to help deliver the most effective outcomes for your oral and general health.
What to Expect with Mouth Appliances
After our team makes your diagnosis and treatment recommendation, we will take advanced digital impressions and digital oral x-rays to create your custom appliance. Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry will send your information to a dental laboratory where your specialized oral appliance will be made out of high-quality materials. When your appliance is sent back to our office, you will return for a follow-up visit to have it fitted for comfort. Doctors Caron or Kenney may make small adjustments to ensure it fits comfortably and functions as intended. We will also give you directions on how to properly care for your appliance so that it can serve your oral health over time.
Mouth Appliances Follow-Up
You must wear your oral appliance exactly as recommended by doctors Caron or Kenney in order for it to be most effective. In most cases, your appliance will serve to protect your oral health or diminish or eliminate the discomfort and risk of dental problems caused by bruxism. If at any time your appliance becomes damaged, feels loose, or does not seem to be functioning properly, please call our office so that doctors Caron or Kenney can make any necessary adjustments. In order to help keep your mouth and night guard healthy, we recommend that you clean both prior to and following each use. Please bring your oral appliance into all future appointments, exams, and cleanings to allow our team to adjust and repair it as necessary.
Custom Night Guards
A range of oral conditions and concerns may indicate the need for an oral appliance among Tupelo, MS patients, including teeth grinding, snoring, bite concerns, and sports protection. Custom appliances from doctors Caron and Kenney can help preserve your oral and general health in several ways and help to ward off future complications. If you think that you or your family member may benefit from a custom snore guard, night guard, mouth guard, or Kois deprogrammer appliance, connect with Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule your treatment consultation.