May 23, 2012
On a recent visit to an oral surgeon to have two wisdom teeth extracted, I was introduced to a new dental appliance, one which I am recommending that my dentist use with me.
A mouth prop, similar to the one you see here, was used to keep my mouth open during the procedure. I was amazed at how the stress of keeping my jaw open was relieved; I could rest my teeth on the device, rather than strain my jaw muscles to keep my mouth open.
I think this will make longer dental procedures easier for anyone who has temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues, which is often one of the many areas targeted by rheumatoid arthritis.
Does your dentist use a mouth prop?
Image courtesy of Julia Freeman-Woolpert.
September 26, 2011
I am fortunate to have a dentist who fully understands how rheumatoid arthritis impacts the ability to keep one’s mouth open for longer dental procedures.
(Rheumatoid arthritis can affect any joint in the body, including the jaw.)
He knows that when I give the signal, he is to stop work. Even with the rubber dam in place, I can slightly close my mouth, thus relaxing my jaw. A few moments makes all the difference. This definitely changes an “Oww!” to an “Ahh!”
Speak to your dentist about how difficult is to keep your mouth open for extended periods of time. Decide upon a signal to use that indicates that you need to take a break in order to rest your jaw.
Image courtesy of Hector Landaeta.