Do You Know About Custom Orthotics?
- Posted on: Apr 15 2018
Having a misaligned bite places stress on the muscles and joints of your jaw. This may lead to pain, dental issues, and other concerns. Dental orthotics are special appliances that permanently improve your bite to avoid complications in the future. Custom orthotics are the best approach because they are tailored to the individual patient’s bite and treatment goals.
What are Dental Orthotics?
Dental orthotics look like nightguards, but these devices serve a very specialized role. Orthotics are designed to change your bite so that the joint and muscles of the jaw are properly aligned. Custom orthotics may help patients who have an improper bite due to:
- Missing teeth
- Injury to the mouth or jaw
- Misaligned teeth
- Eroded teeth
- Genetic conditions
Why are Custom Orthotics Needed?
Repositioning the bite affects the jaw bone and muscles. If corrections are made too quickly, the muscles do not have time to adapt, and this may lead to complications. Custom dental orthotics gradually change the bite so that the joints and muscles work in harmony.
What is the Procedure for Custom Orthotics?
The computer-aided design ensures that custom orthotics meet the highest standards for fit and function. The first step is to determine the proper alignment of your bite. The computer uses an algorithm the is used for making the orthotics. You use the custom orthotics as described by Dr. Garza, and we schedule follow-up appointments about every eight weeks to check your progress. Small adjustments are made to the orthotics to continue with small shifts in your bite.
How Long Do I Use a Custom Orthotic?
The primary indication that you no longer need a custom orthotic is when you experience no pain due to the shifting of the joint and muscles. Initially, you wear the orthotic throughout the day and night. Based on your progress, Dr. Garza may recommend that you only use the appliance at night. Treatment typically takes only a few months, but this varies by patient.
Learn More About Custom Orthotics. Contact Dr. John A. Garza.
To learn more about custom orthotics, CEREC, periodontal treatment and our other services, contact Dr. John A. Garza to schedule an appointment. Our office is conveniently located in Gilbert, Arizona, and you can contact us directly at (480) 539-7979.
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