Using a Mandibular Advancement Device with Partial or Full Dentures
A mouthpiece can be an excellent solution when it comes to preventing snoring. However, if you’ve had dental work performed such partial or full dentures, bridge work, or crowns (caps), you may have a number of questions related to your ability to use a mandibular advancement device (MAD). Several manufacturers fail to address this concern, leaving potential customers in the dark. The following information should help clear up some of the confusion surrounding such devices.
The Mechanics of the Mandibular Advancement Device
Before discussing whether or not a mouthpiece is a good fit, it’s important to first understand exactly how most mouthpieces work. Whether you are interested in the Zquiet, Vitalsleep, Snoremender, or any other mandibular advancement device, they all work by using the same principle – advancing the jaw by pushing out on lower six front teeth while applying inward pressure on the upper front teeth. Keep in mind that this does not necessarily mean that all MAD’s are created equal as some are more comfortable to wear and better built than others. Since this type of mouthpiece relies on the presence of strong upper and lower front teeth, many manufacturers recommend that you do not use such a device if you have loose or missing teeth, particularly in the front.
Using a Mouthpiece with Full or Partial Dentures
One of the most common questions often asked by snorers is whether or not one with full or partial dentures can use a MAD. Most mouthpiece manufactures recommend against using a MAD if you wear full dentures. Those who wear partials may have the ability to use such a device. Remember, strong upper and lower front teeth are a necessity. Generally speaking, if your partials are in the front portion of your upper or lower teeth then you are likely not a good candidate for a mouthpiece. The best practice is to show your dentist the device that you are interested in and ask if it would be a good fit considering your partials.
Bridges, Crowns, and Missing Teeth
Perhaps you have bridge or crown work and would like to know whether or not a mouthpiece is a good idea. As with partial dentures, the answer greatly depends on the position of your bridge(s) or crown(s) and the overall health of your remaining natural teeth. Those who have bridges or crowns located at the rear of the gums would certainly be a better candidate than those who’ve had work done on the front teeth. Strong, healthy teeth at the front of the mouth are a requirement which should not be overlooked.
If you have missing teeth this may present another challenge when it comes to wearing an anti-snoring device. Once again, you should consider the location of the missing teeth and the overall health of the surrounding teeth. As always, consult with your dentist if you have questions related to your particular situation.
Is There An Alternative Anti-Snoring Device For Those Who Can’t Use a MAD?
So you have concluded that a traditional snoring mouthpiece may not be a good decision. Perhaps your oral health is not up to par or dental work such as dentures, crowns or bridges are preventing you from moving forward with this decision. Are there any other solutions out there that may work for you? Fortunately, there is a product out there called the Good Morning Snore Solution (GMSS) which works using a completely different principle. The GMSS is considered a “Tongue Stabilizing Device” (TSD) and controls snoring by holding the tongue forward in lieu of the lower jaw. Since this particular device rests on the tongue and not the teeth, it is often a much better option for those with partial or full dentures.
In conclusion, if you have partials, crowns, bridges or missing teeth and are considering a mandibular advancement device, it is important to speak with your dentist beforehand. Depending on your situation, you may be able to alternatively use the Good Morning Snore Solution. As always, do your research and contact the manufacturer with any specific questions.