Can You Use A Snoring Mouthpiece If You Have Missing Teeth, Bridges, Dentures, Crowns or Capping?
Are There Any Options If I Wear Dentures?
This is a question many people ask me and whilst I do cover this in my individual reviews I thought it would be handy to write a separate post about it.
It is important to understand the varying functions of the different types of snoring mouthpieces to determine whether a they can be used effectively and safely with the individual dental issue.
In saying this, despite the best intentions and instructions from manufacturers, some people disregard the advice, disclaimers and warnings not to use a mouthpiece and still effectively get away with it. It’s a personal decision in the end and each must weigh up the risks for thjemselves.
Lets discuss the different types of mouthpieces and how they impact your decision making process.
Mandibular Advancement Mouthpiece [MAD]
These snoring devices work to push the Mandibular [lower jaw] in a forward position so as to open up the airways in the rear of the throat and allow air to flow more freely and reduce or eliminate the vibration called snoring.
In doing so there is a certain amount of pressure applied to the teeth and this pressure is the catalyst when deciding if you can use the device or not. The pressure is applied mainly to the front upper and lower teeth.
The pressure applied may very well damage or dislodge dentures, capping, bridges or crowns, depending on their location and construction quality.
Most mouthpiece manufactures will default and say if you have dental work that fits into this group then you should NOT use their MAD mouthpiece.
You will generally find this information in their FAQ sections.
In my opinion:
- If you have denture work or missing teeth at the rear of your mouth then the amount of pressure applied to them is not considered unreasonable.
- If you wear only partial denture to one or two teeth in the front of your mouth then arguably the rest of the teeth should be able to cope with the pressure.
- If you have a missing tooth or two in the front of your mouth then I would think the remaining teeth would be strong enough to cope with the pressure applied.
- If you have minimal capping or crowns then I would suggest the remainder of your teeth should be able to carry the load and protect your dental. The less dental work in the front teeth the better.
- If you wear a full denture, either upper or lower, then you should give the MAD a miss. The pressure will dislodge the plate from its position in the mouth.
I make no guarantees however and this is just my opinion based on my experience and the feedback of snorers who have been in similar situations and have tried to use them.
The thing is…..not all dental work is as extensive, well constructed or maintained, so it will have to be a personal choice by you and one you should run by your dental practitioner prior to trying your preferred mouthpiece.
In addition, each mouthpiece can apply varying degrees of pressure. For example, there are MAD’s that can be adjusted to increase or decrease the amount of forward movement in the lower jaw but there are others that only have the one ridged setting. Each one can apply very different pressure loads.
This is the main reason why I prefer mouthpieces like SnoreMD and SnoreRx which have calibrators and allow both forward and backward movement. They also mold to the individuals bite so the pressure is spread much better.
Tongue Stabilizing Device [TSD]
These mouthpiece work in a totally different way to MAD’s. There is no pressure applied to the teeth what so ever.
They work to advance the tongue forward and allow free airflow to the rear of the throat. Whilst portions of the mouthpiece do rest in between the lips and outward surface area of the teeth, there is no harmful pressure applied to the teeth or jaw.
As a result, these mouthpieces are perfect for those people who have dentures, capping, bridges, crowns and missing teeth. In fact anyone can use these mouthpieces.
The only problem is, they limit breathing from the mouth, unlike the MAD’s who have air intake vents built in.My wife for example, uses a TSD called Good Morning Snore Solution because she has dental work. It worked for her the first night and she has never looked back.
If you have any of dental issues I have mentioned above then the easy and safest answer is to use a Tongue Stabilizing Device.
If you are a mouth breather or cannot see yourself managing a TSD then I would suggest you take on board the above information and run it by your Dentist before taking the plunge. If you do decide to go ahead then I would try one of the adjustable ones first. That way you can gradually apply forward pressure and see how you dental issues react. Best to be safe than sorry.
Either way – do something – you have to stop snoring. Don’t be one of those snorers who fail do anything about their problem and become a bit of a pain to other members of their family.
Teeth are an issue, no running away from that, but the other negative health issues associated with snoring like heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes are a darn sight worse for you.
Make a comment below if you do something. Love to know how it went for you.