Enhancing Airway and Tongue Positioning
The Clasp Retained Mandibular Repositioner has shown significant improvements in tongue and airway placement based on CT scans taken while the device is in place. The tongue is positioned more superiorly with a dorsal aspect narrowing, leading to an enlarged airway.
Using multiple clasps, this appliance securely locks the mandible, preventing it from retruding and promoting optimal airway and tongue positioning during sleep.
Construction and Proper Bite Positioning
Proper appliance fabrication relies on accurate bite positioning during the construction phase. The mandible's position must be predetermined and precisely produced in a construction bite. Typically, the mandible is advanced to only 75% of its maximum protrusion, with a 4mm anterior/vertical separation to avoid excessive strain on the TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) and facial musculature.
1. What are the benefits of the Clasp Retained Mandibular Repositioner?
The Clasp Retained Mandibular Repositioner offers improved tongue positioning and airway enlargement due to its unique design with multiple clasps that lock the mandible securely.
2. How does the appliance positively affect airway and tongue placement?
Based on CT scans, the device places the tongue more superiorly with a narrowing of the dorsal aspect, resulting in an enlarged airway for improved breathing during sleep.
3. What is the importance of accurate bite positioning during construction?
Accurate bite positioning, with the mandible advanced to 75% of its maximum protrusion and a 4mm anterior/vertical separation, ensures proper appliance fabrication and prevents strain on the TMJ and facial musculature.
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