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The Benefits of Using a 3D Printer to Create Nightguards

December 2, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — rdgallen @ 9:18 pm

Woman smiling in dentist's chair.Dental technology sure has come a long way. Now, dentists that keep up with the times use 3D printers to provide quicker and more exact dental treatments. Mouthguards and nightguards have been used for years to help patients take care of their teeth, sleep better, and fix jaw problems. Thanks to modern dentistry, these oral appliances can now be made using a 3D printer. Keep reading to learn about this new dental technology and how it can benefit you.

Why Do Dentists Make Custom Nightguards?

Dentists make custom nightguards for a handful of reasons but here are some of the most common:

Bruxism

Many people suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), which can cause numerous dental issues because it wears down your tooth enamel. Dentists use nightguards to keep patients from grinding and clenching their teeth while they sleep.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes pauses in breathing while people sleep. This leads to restless nights, along with a variety of other symptoms. Dentists use oral appliances to shift the jaw in a way that opens a clearer path for patients to breathe. This gives them a much more relaxing and comfortable sleep.

TMJ Therapy

TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder is an issue that occurs when the hinge of your jaw and the muscles on your face aren’t working properly. This causes pain and difficulty opening and closing the mouth. Dentists used nightguards to better position the jaw and avoid clenching.

What Are the Benefits of Having a 3D Printer in the Office?

Typically, it takes weeks for dentists to custom make nightguards. It takes this much time because they have to make sure it’s a perfect fit to give you the best treatment possible. However, with a 3D printer, your dentist can make multiple nightguards in a couple of hours. The best part is that the results are even more customized and exact.

Your dentist can take 3D imaging of your teeth, precisely scanning your whole smile to create a perfect nightguard in no time! Alternatively, if your dentist doesn’t have a 3D printer, they will have to take molds of your teeth and wait to get your nightguard back from a lab.

Now that you know the extreme benefits of visiting a practice with a 3D printer, contact your dentist in Allen and schedule a visit to see how they can custom-make nightguards and athletic mouthguards in record time!

About the Practice

Dr. Michael Ryan and Dr. Laura Ryan are a team of dentists who take pride in staying up-to-date with the latest dental technology to provide their patients with the best care possible. They believe in patient education, which is why they want you to know the benefits of using nightguards to treat various dental issues. They currently practice at Ryan Dental Group, and they can be contacted through their website or by phone at (972) 727-5001 for any questions.

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