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
- Headaches and neck aches
- Earaches or difficulty hearing
"Phillip C. Yancho, D.D.S., Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Traverse City, is more than a name or a dental practice. It is the gold standard of service, treatment, and care. From our very first phone call to the on-going dental experience, we are always in the hands of a friendly, professional family. Dental hygiene, education, and a spectrum of dental care give us good health. Even the front and back office staff are the best.Having relocated several times, we are delighted to have found a practice that uses not only the latest technology and diagnostics, but also engages the friendliest professionals among all our medical and service providers. In Traverse City, a mecca for excellent medical services, that is high praise."- R.H. / Google / Mar 17, 2017
"I have a Maryland bridge, something I have been stuck with since I was a teenager because I was born without my lateral incisors. I had a great dentist in PA, but over the years in Petoskey, MI - I failed to find one that I felt comfortable with and/or had confidence in while working on my bridge. I did some research and stumbled upon Dr. Yancho and his crew. My first appointment last spring was amazing. Everyone was so kind. I could NOT be more happy, so much so, that I ended up sticking with Dr. Yancho and his team for my cleanings. Even though I do not have a lot of money as I struggle to get through my final years in school, they treat me like I am equally as important. Allie took the time to figure out payment options for some cavity work, and never made me feel bad for it. I felt my bridge faltering last week, so I e-mailed the office that night and received an immediate response from Dr. Yancho and a call from Denise first thing the next morning. She got me in less than a week later. Then, as I was brushing my teeth last night, the whole thing fell out. I called Denise and without any question, got me in today. I had some bad experiences with my bridge work - today...my anxiety was completely quashed. Dr. Yancho did a fantastic job! He explains everything he is doing, why he is doing it and even stopped to make sure what he was doing was the best option for me. Plus, he makes sure at every step I was not uncomfortable. From Denise, to Allie, Rachel, Erin, and Melanie - I cannot be more thankful for making me feel so comfortable. The 90 minute drive to see all of you is absolutely worth it. It is rare to find so many fantastic team players in one place."- C.B. / Google / Dec 05, 2019
"I have had dental issues my entire life. Dr. Yancho is by far the best dentist I have ever encountered. His practice is guided by what he feels is best for the patient, not predicated by insurance dictates or any third party interests. I was there yesterday and he rebuilt a badly damaged tooth. It looks perfect - I cannot believe how beautiful it looks and how good it feels. I'm 71 and only wish I had encountered him earlier in my life. An absolutely amazing exceptional dentist. I recommend him unreservedly."- S.Q. / Yelp / Jul 19, 2019
"Dr Yancho and his staff are the best ! He helped me with an emergent situation when I had a 'hot' tooth and came in his office to fix it himself!! Dr Yancho is a warm, welcoming person who is very knowledgeable, adept in his field and promotes education for dental students and his patients. He has helped veterans like me tremendously over the years. Much gratitude for him! Best dental practice in Northern MI. !!! I highly recommend him!! He absolutely is the BEST!!!"- N.J. / Facebook / Jun 12, 2019
"Dr. Yancho and his staff are caring and knowledgeable. I have a fear of needles when it comes to my mouth. Dr. Yancho has developed an amazing painless injection technique.Even if I move away from Traverse City, I will continue to return to him for my dental."- P.G. / Google / Jun 05, 2019
What to Expect with Occlusal Therapy
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.
Occlusal Therapy 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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Occlusal Therapy Protect Your Smile
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.