After receiving extensive specialized training, Dr. James Powell is able to treat his patients using FAGGA in Palmdale, California. If you or a loved one are looking for a solution to a variety of issues including:
- TMD Symptoms
- Poorly Developed Facial Structure
- Sleep Apnea or Snoring
- Struggles with Proper Nasal Breathing
- Jaw Issues Requiring Jaw Expansion Surgery
Then you will want to contact Exceptional Dentistry to schedule appointment with our dentist to learn how we can use a FAGGA to help you. Call us at (661) 349-7725 and we will be happy to speak with you. You can also learn more about FAGGA by reading below.
What is FAGGA?
FAGGA is an acronym that stands for Fixed Anterior Growth Guidance Appliance. Simply, it is a type of dental appliance that our dentist can use in order to expand your dental arches, also known as the crescent arrangement of your teeth.
Your FAGGA may share a resemblance with a wired retain, but it is actually categorized as a bone grown appliance because it actually expands the upper arch of your jaw.
How does FAGGA work?
Your FAAGA is a non-removable appliance that will be attached to you back teeth and gently put pressure on what is called the nasopalatine nerve that runs through your palate. This pressure stimulates growth in your upper jaw, which also allows your lower jaw to also grow. When this growth takes place, it can create room for crowded teeth, and it can open up your airway, enlarge your airway and move your face forward.
This process occurs in two phases and can take between 14 and 25 months to complete. Phase one involves wearing your FAGGA and often takes somewhere around 7 months. During phase two you will wear controlled arch braces to ensure that your teeth are moved into their optimal position. Phase two can take approximately 18 months.
What are the Benefits of FAGGA?
One of the major benefits to FAGGA is that you can expand your jaw without the need for surgery. All surgeries come with risk, and with this treatment option you get to avoid that risk. More benefits can include long-term relief from issues like TMD pain and Sleep Apnea without the long-term use of oral appliances. Your FAGGA can help you with sleep apnea and snoring because when you undergo the maxillary expansion of your jaw, your airway can be opened up. And when your upper jaw expands during this treatment process, it can effectively realign your lower jaw, helping to relieve TMD pain with surgery!