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Occlusal Therapy in Traverse City, MI

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About Occlusal Therapy

Specially designed mouth wear at Yancho Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Traverse City, MI uses a patented wedge that realigns the jaw to correct the natural inclination to clench the teeth. The clenching puts pressure on the temporomandibular joint, which then triggers the release of hormones, primarily cortisol. The hormones counteract the fight or flight response and decrease performance. The custom-made mouthpiece moves the jaw into an ideal position for opening airways and removing pressure against the temporomandibular joint, reducing the release of these hormones. Board-certified dentist Dr. Phillip Yancho uses custom mouth wear for occlusal (bite) therapy that helps patients protect their teeth and treat temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

Athletic Mouth Guard

Under Armour, Armourbite Performance Mouth wear for Athletes are not your average mouth guards. During a high impact sport, most athletes wear a standard mouth guard that protect teeth from being knocked out, chipped or fractured, and creates a barrier to prevent lacerations of the soft mouth tissue and help to absorb the shock. The Under Armour performance mouth wear does all this for those who play high impact sports, and much more. Custom-built and scientifically proven, UA Performance Mouth wear can make all athletes stronger, faster and better. Under Armour uses patented technology to create not only performance mouth guards for high impact sports but also performance mouthpieces for non-impact sports. Several studies have shown using UA performance mouth wear creates:

  • Better Endurance
  • Quicker Reaction Times
  • Decreased Levels of Lactic Acid (25% less in 30 minutes)
  • Significantly More Strength (20%+)
  • Reduced Athletic Stress
  • Reduced Impact

Night Guards for TMD

TMD is short for Temporomandibular Disorder. This problem is sometimes incorrectly called TMJ, referring to the temporomandibular joint. TMD is an inflammation of this joint which connects the skull to the mandible, or lower jaw. There are many probable causes of TMD, but one of the most common causes is clenching or grinding your teeth. Stress can cause tightening of the jaw and facial muscles; often it happens when you are sleeping and are not even aware of it. TMD can be uncomfortable and even painful, but it isn’t a condition patients have to live with. One of the treatments for TMD is a plastic mouthpiece that is usually worn at night to prevent grinding or clenching teeth while sleeping. The night guard is a small, clear, acrylic mouthpiece customized to fit the patient's bite. The guard is most effective when worn at night or whenever the feeling of tension or stress is felt in the jaw. Some of the possible symptoms of TMD are:

  • A locked or "stuck" jaw in either open or closed position
  • Soreness or pain in the jaw, facial muscles and sometimes ear, especially when chewing, yawning or speaking
  • A clicking or popping sound in the jawbone
  • An uncomfortable bite or teeth not fitting together properly
  • Ability to open mouth only a small amount
  • Toothaches
  • Headaches and neck aches
  • Earaches or difficulty hearing
  • Dizziness

What to Expect

Traverse City dentist Dr. Yancho is one of the few in the area to offer Under Armour's cutting-edge athletic mouth guards. Since the mouthpiece is created specifically for each patient, a quick dental visit is needed to have a mold created of the mouth. This information is then sent to Under Armour or a dental laboratory where the personalized mouthpiece is created to keep the jaw in optimal alignment for performance, protection, or pain relief.

Treatment Aftercare

Every patient will be given instructions on the best way to wear their mouthpiece for ideal results and how to care and clean for their mouthpiece. Patients should bring their mouthpiece to all future dental appointments so the dentist can make adjustments and assess the wear. The dentist will let the patient know when they need a replacement mouthpiece.

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When you want to learn about the latest developments in occlusal therapy to enhance your athletic performance, protect your teeth, or relieve jaw pain, schedule an appointment at Yancho Cosmetic and Family Dentistry located in Traverse City to have a custom mouth guard made. 

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