Teeth Protectors (e.g., Mouthpieces) Patents (Class 128/861)
  • Patent number: 10799389
    Abstract: A mouthpiece device for the use with the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome includes at least one main air channel provided at the outlet of the mouth, at least one side air channel provided at the outlet of mouth, at least one one way valve placed inside the main air channel, at least one protective plane arranged between the inner part of the lips and the outer surface of the teeth, at least one palate chamber extending inside the mouth, at least one tongue chamber placed inside the palate chamber, at least one vent provided on the tongue chamber, at least one sensor for measuring the carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the air exhaled by the patient, at least one palate extension extending from the palate chamber towards the soft palate, and electrically stimulates the palate when the sensor detects that the patient stops breathing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Sefa Zulfikar, Ozgur Kocaturk, Albert Guvenis
  • Patent number: 10792226
    Abstract: Refill and dosage management devices and associated systems and methods for use with computerized oral prescription administration (COPA) devices are provided. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a housing having a structure sized and shaped to receive at least a portion of a mouthpiece of an intended user; and a dispensing unit coupled to the housing, the dispensing unit configured to dispense a substance into a reservoir of the mouthpiece. In another embodiment, a method includes receiving, by a docking station, at least a portion of a mouthpiece of an intended user; and dispensing, by a dispensing unit coupled to the docking station, a substance into a reservoir of the mouthpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas M. Rouse, Susan B. Owen, Christy Corey
  • Patent number: 10687974
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to devices that aid a user in ceasing bruxism. The devices may be placed between a user's teeth, such as during sleep, and alert the user when the user clenches his/her teeth. In an aspect, a device includes a housing containing a battery power source, a vibration device, and an electrical contact mechanism having a movable element which closes a circuit to actuate the vibration device. A disk-shaped portion adapted to be emplaced in a person's mouth between a cheek and adjacent teeth is disposed around the housing. A resilient bite portion extends from the housing and is adapted to be emplaced between upper and lower teeth. A compressible element is disposed in the bite portion and causes the movable element of the electrical contact to close to actuate the vibration device in response to compression of the bite portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SJS Group, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Schlatter, Justin James May, Scott Steffensmeier
  • Patent number: 10675127
    Abstract: A user-customizable orthopedic alignment device (OAD) that includes a formable, generally semicircular mouthpiece which has an alignment gap that is generally in alignment with the user's canine teeth when the device is placed in the user's mouth. The OAD has an overmold of moldable material having portions that cover the user's molars and front teeth. The alignment gap is provided between rear (right and left) portions and the front portion to allow an alignment member to be positioned laterally between the user's canine teeth during molding of the overmold. A frame is provided to stiffen the OAD between the front and read portions. After the overmold has been molded to the user's teeth, inserts can be positioned in the alignment gap to provide cushioning between the canine teeth when the OAD is used. The inserts may be molded after they are inserted into the overmold assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Gregg Edward Ueckert
  • Patent number: 10674257
    Abstract: A head-mounted wearable device incorporates a transducer into a nosepiece. Vibrations from the user's speech are transferred through the bridge of the nose and are detected by the transducer to produce an audio signal. In one implementation, a nose plate with a pair of attached nosepieces is mounted to a transducer, such as an accelerometer. The nose plate may be affixed to a front frame of the head-mounted wearable device using a motion limiter mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Xuan Zhong, Jung Sik Yang, Jianchun Dong, Chia-Jean Wang, Oliver Huy Doan
  • Patent number: 10661062
    Abstract: A composite flavored mouthguard comprising a mouthguard base including a first material; an elastomeric frame including a second material; and a liner including a third material, wherein at least one of the first material, the second material, or the third material includes a flavorant and at least one of the first material, the second material, or the third material independently includes a flavorant that provides sweetness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Shock Doctor, Inc.
    Inventor: Jay Turkbas
  • Patent number: 10632010
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for breathing assistance that includes a body for positioning within an oral cavity of a user, the body defining at least one first opening for allowing airflow between lips of the user. Two second openings are provided in the oral cavity to allow air flow into and out of a posterior region of the oral cavity and two channels, each channel connecting a respective second opening to the at least one first opening and each channel passing at least one of at least partially along the buccal cavity and at least partially between the teeth to thereby provide an airway for the user. The airway at least partially bypasses the nasal passage and acts to replicate a healthy nasal passage and pharyngeal space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Oventus Medical Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Patrick Hart, Vu Thua Nguyen, Neil Anderson, Darren Fraser, Michael Leigh Slater, Stefan Gulizia
  • Patent number: 10596026
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an apparatus for improved breathing is provided. The apparatus may include an improved oral appliance, an improved mask, an improved coupler to couple an oral appliance to a mask, and/or a combination of these improvements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: AirWay Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: W. Keith Thornton, Alastair Edwin McAuley
  • Patent number: 10575976
    Abstract: An intra-oral device for weight management includes a carrier having a resiliently deformable protuberance on its outer surface. The protuberance may comprise a bite-pad having a height that varies along its length, with the apex being aligned with a first molar of a dental arch of the user. The protuberance may comprise a planar ridge structured and arranged to increase resistance to lateral movement of the user's jaw during a normal chewing cycle. Multiple resiliently deformable protuberances may include a bite-pad and a planar ridge on a buccal side of the bite-pad. Either or both of the bite-pad and planar ridge may be provided with an uneven, textured exterior surface. A method for promoting weight management may include positioning the carrier over an arch of teeth of the user instead of eating. The method may further include chewing on the carrier so as to deform the protuberance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Dynamic Mouth Devices, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Laura Bardach, James Geduldig, Salvatore Napoli
  • Patent number: 10363160
    Abstract: An intra-oral device comprising an upper splint (7100), a lower splint (7200) and a pair of lateral connecting rods (7300). Each connecting rod has a first rod end (7310) that connects to the lower splint and a second rod end (7320) that connects to the upper splint. The connecting rods (7300) are configured to maintain the mandible in an advanced position relative to the maxilla. The upper splint (7100) includes at least one upper gutter portion (7110) that retains the upper splint on the maxilla. The lower splint (7200) includes at least one lower gutter portion (7210) that retains the lower splint on the mandible. The thickness of the at least one upper gutter portion and/or the at least one lower gutter portion may vary across the profile of the teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: ResMed SAS
    Inventors: Ludovic Baratier, Yann Palomino
  • Patent number: 10285784
    Abstract: Method for determining a patient's open-position occlusal plane comprising: obtaining a global model of the patient's jaw including a model of the mandible and maxilla in articulation; determining a natural occlusal plane of the patient from a global model of the patient's jaw in a centric occlusion position; determining a necessary opening to enable the advancement of the patient's mandible; determining a mandibular virtual plane from the global model of the patient's jaw in an open position based on the necessary opening determined; and determining the open-position occlusal plane from the mandibular virtual plane, the natural occlusal plane and the global model of the jaw in the open position based on the necessary opening determined. A method of designing a mandibular advancement device for a patient based on the open-position occlusal plane is also described as well as the resulting mandibular advancement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Panthera Dental Inc.
    Inventor: Jean Robichaud
  • Patent number: 10238477
    Abstract: Systems and methods for systems and methods for improvement of a person's performance and well-being by determining and maintaining an orthopedically optimized position of the person's jaw. In one embodiment, TENS is applied to the patient's jaw muscles to relax and deprogram the muscles, the person's TMJs are evaluated and reduced, and neural shear in the patient's upper cervical spine is minimized by orthopedically aligning the patient's head and neck (CC complex), thereby causing the patient's jaw to move toward an orthopedically optimized position (CM complex). A bite registration of the upper and lower jaws is taken, with molars and premolars at least 2 millimeters apart, the front teeth not touching, and preferably a vertical index of 17-21 millimeters. Molds of the persons upper and lower teeth may be positioned using the bite registration, and an orthopedic alignment device (OAD) may be formed between the molds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Gregg Edward Ueckert
  • Patent number: 10206760
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an orthodontics and temporomandibular joint balancing appliance, particularly to an orthodontics and temporomandibular joint balancing appliance, which eliminates asymmetric imbalance of a temporomandibular joint caused by pressure applied to upper incisor teeth and lower incisor teeth, thereby cushioning every teeth occlusion and blocking nervous system compression, so as to minimize teeth damage and improve wearing comfortness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Soo Chang Jung
  • Patent number: 10201409
    Abstract: A dental appliance having an integrally formed reservoir and/or an ornamental design integrated thereon. The ornamental design can be selected or customized by a patient. The design can be created by directing energy to the dental appliance to alter a material property of at least a portion of the appliance to create the design. Alternatively, a groove or recess can be formed on a surface of the appliance to either mechanically retain an ornamental design or the groove or recess can be filled with ink to form the design. The appliance, including the integrally formed reservoir, can be formed using direct fabrication techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: David Mason, Shiva Sambu, Chunhua Li, Yan Chen
  • Patent number: 10188485
    Abstract: Disclosed are a detachable dental appliance which is outstandingly durable and can protect the teeth from clenching and bruxism and a fabricating method therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Seong Hun Kim, Hyee-woong Kim
  • Patent number: 10124236
    Abstract: A maxillary, mandibular, or dual concussion orthotic that substantially reduces concussion resulting from forces applied to the lower jaw, and a method of producing the orthotic. The orthotic device produced according to the method described herein is objectively measured and produced to physiological parameters for an individual user. The orthotic is constructed so that the mandibular teeth are firmly indexed into the orthotic to hold the mandible in a specific position relative to the maxilla. The upper and lower jaws are positioned by the orthotic to act as a unit, and cooperate with the orthotic to effectively dissipate concussive forces and provide spacing of the temporomandibular joint, resulting in the decompression of the joint to mitigate transmission of concussive forces from the condyles of the mandible to the temporal bones of the skull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Christopher Edward Mohler
  • Patent number: 10051910
    Abstract: A sensor module generates sensor data in response to an impact to protective headgear, wherein the sensor module includes an accelerometer and a gyroscope and wherein the sensor data includes linear acceleration data and rotational velocity data. A device processing module generates event data in response to the sensor data. A device interface sends the event data to a monitoring device when the device interface is coupled to the monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventors: John W. Howard, Richard Cutler
  • Patent number: 9999538
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure include a dental appliance for treating/preventing sleep apnea and snoring. The dental appliance may be a wedge-shaped device designed to be positioned between the lower and upper jaw, wherein the device is thicker within a front area of the mouth and thinner within a back area of the mouth. The device may include upper and lower teeth channels to accommodate the teeth and a plurality of breathing ports positioned between the upper and lower teeth channels, the breathing ports being configured to allow a user to breathe through the ports while the appliance is in use. The appliance may force the mouth and airway into an unnaturally open position without requiring the lower jaw to be displaced forward. A tongue rest may extend through the device to support the tongue, while simultaneously providing slight upward pressure on the tongue to further open the airway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Garry Ross Thynne, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9907626
    Abstract: An improved vibrating orthodontic device is provided wherein motor speed is controlled by capacitive sensor, and thus lacks moving parts that are required by encoder use. The improved device also uses a tungsten offset weight, reducing size by more than 50%, yet still produces the needed force. The device is thus smaller, lighter and more robust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: OrthoAccel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael K. Lowe, Alex Bevly, Ruru Chen
  • Patent number: 9895575
    Abstract: A device for therapeutic includes a rigid screen (1) that is insertable behind the upper and lower lips of a user's mouth, the screen having a compound curvature and in a horizontal plane generally U-shaped profile, and in a vertical plane a convexo-concave cross-sectional profile that is gradually flattening from a central mid region towards the left and right ends (12, 13) thereof, the ends extended to reach at least past the premolar teeth on each side in the upper and lower jaws of the user when applied. A handle is attached to extend forward from a central mid region in the convex front face of the screen, the handle including a rigid stem (2) projecting from the front face at a neutral angle with respect to upper (5) and lower (6) halves of the screen (1), diverging from the stem in the vertical view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: MYOROFACE AB
    Inventor: Mary Hagg
  • Patent number: 9888909
    Abstract: The invention provides an endoscopic-enabled tongue depressor, as part of a mouth gag unit, with two-grooved design, where the first groove is for intubation, and the second groove accommodates the secure and adjustable placement of an optic device and associated method of use. The inventive tongue depressor enables full endoscopic procedures of the upper airway, such as nasopharynx, by providing a surgeon the ability to operate with both hands and an unobstructed view of a target area in the upper airway, in addition to real-time observation of the surgical field for other surgical staff (such as nursing staff, technicians, students and residents).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Eliav Gov-Ari
  • Patent number: 9855123
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices, systems and methods for treating periodontal disease and/or other oral wounds using particularized oral appliances and associated negative pressure systems. The various oral appliances include one or a plurality of surfaces for engagement with various anatomical structures within the oral cavity, where the engagement can include sealing engagement with soft tissue (gingival) surfaces of the upper and/or lower dental arches. Additional features disclosed can further promote healing of regions affected by periodontal pocket formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Mark Wolgin
  • Patent number: 9820829
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for utilizing metallic portions in dental positioning appliances. One embodiment includes a removable dental positioning appliance having a shell having one or more cavities shaped to receive and reposition one or more teeth from a first orientation to a successive orientation and where at least a portion of the shell is formed from a metallic mesh material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric E. Kuo
  • Patent number: 9750628
    Abstract: A medical device for combating overweight or obesity in humans by achieving a more rapid feeling of satiety utilizes a bite raiser which can be connected to the human maxilla and/or mandible and which covers at least some of the occlusal surface of the masticatory teeth. A splint adapted to tooth crowns equips at least some of the masticatory teeth with an occlusal elevation for reducing the size of the masticatory surface. The occlusal elevation overlies the cusp tips of a masticatory tooth in order to link the bite elevation to a spanning of the masticatory relief of the covered masticatory tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Peter von Seck
  • Patent number: 9717660
    Abstract: A fluoride-releasing dental composition includes a polymeric compound selected from (meth)acrylate polymers, (meth)acrylate copolymers, ethylene vinyl acetate copolymers, and mixtures and combinations thereof; and a cariostatically effective amount of a fluoride compound. A dental appliance made from the fluoride-releasing dental composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Minnesota
    Inventors: Katherine L. Lorentz, Nathaniel M. Phillips, Samuel John Schmitz, James M. Sieracki
  • Patent number: 9687722
    Abstract: The invention is a mouthpiece that is connected to a tube connected to a bladder or liquid reservoir. The mouthpiece is constructed to remain comfortably in a user's mouth during sporting events or other activities, allowing the user to easily and effectively hydrate without distraction, and allowing the user to have both hands available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Brett Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9681978
    Abstract: The invention provides mouth guards sized and configured to prevent jaw clenching and teeth grinding and methods of using the mouth guards. One embodiment provides a one-piece mouth guard made of a semi-rigid, springy, flexible polymer that includes an arcuate tray portion having a front, a rear, a top side and a bottom surface, the arcuate tray portion sized and configured to at least partially cover a person's upper tooth set, and an elastic lower tooth set-engaging tab portion extending from the front of the arcuate tray portion, which tab portion, in its relaxed state, further extends downward below the bottom surface of the tray portion and partially rearward toward the rear of the tray portion so that, rearward of the point the tab portion extends from the tray portion, a space is present between the bottom surface of the tray portion and the tab below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Karen Q. Roth
  • Patent number: 9668827
    Abstract: Oral appliances adapted to for spacing the occlusal surfaces of the teeth of a user are disclosed. The oral appliances have an integral retention band interconnecting a first bite pad and a second bite pad. The first bite pad can include a first spacer and the second bite pad can include a second spacer that are configured to maintain the spacing of the occlusal surfaces of opposing teeth of a user during clenching or upon an impact to the jaw. Methods for the manufacture of composite oral appliances are also disclosed. The methods include forming a composite oral appliance over a model of a user's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: BITE TECH, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Roettger, Robert C. Molhoek, Jon D. Kittelsen, Henry D. Cross, III, Paul A. Broadbent, Paul L. Bradshaw, Paul C. Belvedere, William L. Ballanoff
  • Patent number: 9642658
    Abstract: A device is provided for use with a medical implant for delivering an agent to a designated site of action in a body of a patient. The agent-delivery device comprises a body member having an inner surface and a projection on the inner surface of the body member. An agent-delivery medium is associated with the body member. The agent-delivery medium includes a therapeutic agent for treating the body of the patient. The body member is adapted to be secured to the medical implant such that the projection operatively engages the medical implant for spacing the inner surface of the body member from the implant, and the agent-delivery medium is configured to release the therapeutic agent after implantation in the body of the patient. In alternative embodiments, the agent-delivery device comprises a first body member having an inner surface and a second body member having an inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: OrthoClip LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Boyd, Samuel B. Adams, Jr., Matthew R. Penny, Cody Blazek
  • Patent number: 9616314
    Abstract: A dental appliance is disclosed designed to protect a wearer's dentitions against injury from impacts suffered in sports or other activities that can cause chipping, fracturing, dislodging or evulsion of teeth. The appliance may be custom-fittable with at least one pocket having an energy absorbing fluid. The energy absorbing fluid be nanosuspensions of small particles in viscous fluids that can undergo shear thickening when the dental appliance is struck by an object. The appliance dampens and diffuses horizontal and axial forces and directs them away from dentitions thereby reducing the risk for dental injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Akervall Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Johann Schwank, Valarie Thomas, Jan Akervall
  • Patent number: 9610141
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides method, systems, and devices for expanding arch of teeth. A device for expanding an arch of teeth of a patient can include a removable shell formed of a first material having a number of cavities formed therein. The number of cavities are shaped to receive teeth of a patient. A device for expanding an arch of teeth of a patient can include an arch element extending from the removable shell in a lingual direction and across an arch width of the removable shell. The arch element can be formed of the first material and a second material that is a different material than the first material, can be designed to expand an arch of the teeth of the patient, and can have a width specific to a stage of a treatment plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Avi Kopelman, Shiva Sambu, Rene M Sterental, Eric E Kuo, Mauricio de Alancar Casa
  • Patent number: 9585785
    Abstract: An occlusal splint arrangement, in particular for sleep apnea therapy includes a maxillary miniplast splint that can be arranged on the maxillary row of teeth and a mandibular miniplast splint that can be arranged on the mandibular row of teeth. The maxillary miniplast splint can be brought to bear against the mandibular miniplast splint. The arrangement includes at least one maxillary positioning guide and at least one mandibular positioning guide, wherein the relative position of the miniplast splints toward each other can be defined in the longitudinal direction and/or in the transverse direction by a form fit between the maxillary and the mandibular positioning guides. The maxillary and/or mandibular miniplast splint include at least one mounting device, and at least two different positioning guides can be secured as mutual replacements on the same mounting device, whereby at least two different relative positions can be defined between the miniplast splints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Konrad Hofmann
  • Patent number: 9539076
    Abstract: An apparatus and a system for delivering a two-tier oxidative therapy to a dental patient. The apparatus is a mouthpiece made of rubber or thermoplastic elastomer that provides a full or partial coverage of the teeth and gums to be treated, firstly with vaporized hydrogen peroxide and later, ozone gas. The design of the mouthpiece encompassing multiple injection tubes also allows all surfaces of all teeth and gums to be treated at the same time, thereby offering a quick, painless and economical procedure to the dental patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventor: Abdulrahman Almutairi
  • Patent number: 9526669
    Abstract: The present invention provides a thin elastomeric mouth guard which covers the teeth to provide a smooth surface during oral sex. The mouth guard will feature different colors and flavors to enhance lubrication and to promote a more enjoyable experience for both the giving and receiving party. Furthermore, it may encourage parties to engage in oral sex, as it reduces risk and discomfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Picolya McCall
  • Patent number: 9457163
    Abstract: Ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) may be prevented in a patient, or its occurrence reduced in a population of patients, by using an anti-VAP device or an anti-VAP material such as an anti-VAP mouthpiece that absorbs secretions. By reducing the problem of bacterial-containing secretions that otherwise build up in the airway of, and elsewhere in, the intubated patient, VAP can be prevented from occurring in intubated patients, such as patients intubated with an endotracheal tube (ETT) or a nasogastric tube. Anti-VAP mouthpieces also are useable in non-intubated patients to maintain oral hygiene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University
    Inventors: Kevin R. Ward, Curtis N. Sessler, Mary Jo Grap, Laurence J. Dinardo, Bruce D. Spiess, Rao R. Ivatury, Cindy Muare
  • Patent number: 9403079
    Abstract: Improvements in cushioned custom dental guard to be constructed with EVA instead of Polyshok. The molding process ensures that the mouth guard provides even fit on all of the teeth. The custom fit is performed by taking an impression of the upper teeth and gums of the user. The dental guard can then be constructed to ensure a proper custom fit. Each layer provides a different function to provide an ideal cushion, as well as integration of artwork that is visible through the front of the dental guard. The dental guard may include air cells or chambers. The air cells provide a cushion by compressing the air cells to absorb an impact and spread the force of the impact over a greater area. A reinforcing wire maintains the shape and distribute impact forces. The reinforcing wire is completely embedded and encapsulated within the dental guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Elmer Tolentino
  • Patent number: 9375289
    Abstract: A mouthpiece of medical grade silicone that has two connecting portions, one a molded shallow trough that wraps around and contours the teeth, and another a flap or wing portion that attaches to the front of the shallow trough and that acts to sit between and keep separate the teeth and lips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Laura Driessen Walls
  • Patent number: 9370707
    Abstract: A dental appliance is disclosed designed to protect a wearer's dentitions against injury from impacts suffered in sports or other activities that can cause chipping, fracturing, dislodging or evulsion of teeth. The appliance may be custom-fittable with at least one pocket having an energy absorbing fluid. The energy absorbing fluid be nanosuspensions of small particles in viscous fluids that can undergo shear thickening when the dental appliance is struck by an object. The appliance dampens and diffuses horizontal and axial forces and directs them away from dentitions thereby reducing the risk for dental injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Akervall Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Johann Schwank, Valarie Thomas, Jan Akervall
  • Patent number: 9351809
    Abstract: The present invention provides improved devices, systems and methods for repositioning teeth from an initial tooth arrangement to a final tooth arrangement. Repositioning is accomplished with a system comprising a series of polymeric shell appliances configured to receive the teeth and incrementally reposition individual teeth in a series of successive steps. The individual appliances may be formed from layers having different stiffnesses (elastic moduluses), and the stiffnesses of successive appliances may be different, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventors: Loc X. Phan, Muhammad Chishti, Ross J. Miller, H. Robert Vandenberg, Eric Kuo
  • Patent number: 9278275
    Abstract: A mouthguard holder for temporarily securing an athletic mouthguard to an exterior side of a helmet is provided. The mouthguard holder generally comprising: a support post base adapted to contact the exterior surface of the helmet, a support post with a first end and second end, a retaining member coupled to the support post at the support post second end the retaining member radially extending out away from the support post forming a mouthguard receiving pocket between the support post base and the retaining member where the receiving pocket is adapted to removably secure a mouthguard to the exterior side of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: Neil Jennings Braithwaite
  • Patent number: 9227104
    Abstract: A jaw exercise device includes a generally arcuate central elastomer plate with generally planar surfaces in opposed relationship. The planar surfaces have a plurality of protuberances depending therefrom; each protuberance being generally cylindrical in shape with each having an axis oriented to be perpendicular to the generally planar surface from which it depends. Each protuberance has protuberance walls, the walls having a protuberance height between a protuberance crown and a protuberance base. Two arcuate U-shaped channels are configured each to receive teeth of one of an upper or lower jaw of the user, within the channel. Each U-shaped channel defines a plurality of receptacles. Each receptacle located in a manner to receive, when urged into mating engagement with the central elastomer plate, a corresponding one of the protuberances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Miles Landis
  • Patent number: 9211386
    Abstract: A respiratory tract bore opening keeping device includes generally a main body that has two sides each connected to a resilient plate. The resilient plates each have a distal end that is remote from the main body and includes a protruding section having an increased thickness formed thereon. The main body has an outer side on which an upper lip positioning section and a lower lip positioning section are formed. The main body has an inner side on which an upper tooth positioning section and a lower tooth positioning section are formed in such a way that the lower tooth positioning section is in front of the upper tooth positioning section. The keeping device is depositeable in the mouth of a person with lips and teeth respectively positioned on the lip and teeth positioning sections to change the configuration of the tongue and the location of the lower jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Shu-Chen Tsai
  • Patent number: 9209888
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods, devices and systems are presented for communicating information in an explosive environment. An explosion proof video and data communication module includes features that prevent the generation of a spark or other ignition sources that could ignite explosive dust, gas or vapors in the air. The explosion proof video and communications relay modules may operate independently or as a group to provide real-time information, situation awareness, functionally and responsiveness for personnel that are in explosive environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Clint Smith
  • Patent number: 9138386
    Abstract: A two-component whitening system has a de-sensitizing effect as well as re-mineralizing capability. The system may be an unfoamed, a foamed or a foamable composition. The system has a first component with at least one peroxide compound, at least one source of phosphate and at least one gelling agent; and a second component with at least one source of calcium, strontium and/or mixtures thereof. The second component may also contain at least one gelling agent, and the composition maybe present as a foam or is foamable. The composition may be packed in a two-compartment syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: DISCUS DENTAL, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff MacDonald, Nancy N. Quan, Robert Hayman
  • Publication number: 20150136147
    Abstract: A pre-fabricated, pre-programmed or custom-made guidance package is provided. The Anterior Guidance Package (AGP) of current invention is comprised of one maxillary guidance component and one mandibular guidance component produced in many shapes and sizes. Those components are attached to a maxillary retention piece and a mandibular retention piece, respectively when the mandible is at a point defined by an operator to provide ideal anterior guidance for the mandible, or to provide specialized guidance for a damaged stomatognathic system. In contrast to all current bruxism or Tempor-mandibular disorders (TMD) appliances, the AGP according to current invention provides a wide range of features and options including three-dimensional control, superior mechanical advantage and preferable vertical dimension at rest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Kelly Wade Lucas
  • Patent number: 9005120
    Abstract: A vital signs monitor system is integrated with personal protective equipment (“PPE”) so that upon wearing the PPE, the monitor is placed in an operational position to monitor a vital sign. In one embodiment, the vital signs sensor comprises a thermal sensor located at a mouth guard to automatically make operational contact with tissue under the tongue when the mouth guard is worn. A second vital signs monitor comprising reflective pulse oximetry devices senses oxygen saturation and heart rate. Vital signs data are communicated to an RF module located in an associated helmet for transmission to a remote location. A gateway at that remote location receives the transmitted vital signs data and forwards that data to a data collection, organization, and access system that is programmed to make the vital signs data available over the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Richard H. Ryan
  • Publication number: 20150083139
    Abstract: A mouth guard includes a pair of spaced-apart molar receiving members with an inner wall extending therebetween. The inner wall is configured for insertion between a user's lips and teeth. An outer wall is configured to confront an exterior surface of the user's lips. A conduit extends between the inner and outer walls and includes a passage formed therethrough. The passage extends through the inner wall between the molar receiving members and extends through the outer wall whereby a user may breathe or drink through the passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Evans, Christopher W. Circo, Jeffrey M. Evans
  • Publication number: 20150083140
    Abstract: A mandibuiomaxillary fracture stabilization system, methods of forming the system, and methods of using the system are described. The system includes upper and lower splints that can be custom molded to fit the teeth of a patient and a locking mechanism that can temporarily lock the splints to one another. The splints are attached to the patient's dentition with a dental adhesive and the locking mechanism includes first and second components that are attached to the upper and lower splints, respectively. The locking mechanism includes a quick-release pin that allows the jaw to be freed in case of emergency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Tyler Youngman, Natalie Patzin, John O'Donnell, Jeff Willis, Robert Brown
  • Publication number: 20150075542
    Abstract: A set of occlusal splints includes a maxillary splint engageable over a maxillary superior dental arch of a mouth; and a mandibular splint engageable over a mandibular dental arch of the mouth. Each one of the maxillary splint and the mandibular splint is substantially U-shaped with an anterior section and two posterior sections extending from opposite ends of the anterior section. Each one of the maxillary splint and the mandibular splint has an inner wall surface defining a cavity shaped and configured to encase teeth of the corresponding one of the dental arches and an opposed outer wall surface, the outer wall surface having a contact surface at the anterior section. The maxillary and mandibular splints are operable in a contact configuration, wherein the contact surfaces of the maxillary and mandibular splints are abutted one against the other, and wherein an occlusal face of the posterior sections are spaced apart from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Diane ROBICHAUD, Jacques HOUDE
  • Patent number: 8978659
    Abstract: A dental device has a U-shaped carrier with at least one channel for embracing an arch of teeth. There are recessed insets in the channel. Discrete inserts carrying a beneficial agent can fit into the insets and release the agent gradually. The device may be used in a therapeutic application and as an athletic mouthguard. Temporary blanks may be initially fitted in the insets, while a portion of the mouthguard is softened before an arch of teeth is pressed into the channel to make a custom impression. The inserts possess different physical properties than the carrier and may be positioned and shaped to mechanically buffer teeth of the arch from mechanical shocks as well as release beneficial agents. The inserts may be replaced or refreshed to maintain the beneficial agent. A dental device having a core carrying a beneficial agent inside a liquid-permeable shell functions as an infant's teething device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Dynamic Mouth Devices, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Laura Bardach, James Geduldig, Salvatore Napoli