TMJ Mouthguards for Bruxism/Teeth Grinding
Bruxism, an unconscious grinding and clenching of the teeth, can cause migraines, damage teeth, and contribute to temporomandibular dysfunction. The primary causes of bruxism are stress and tension. Dentists have found that the NTI-tss can prevent clinching and grinding.
Research indicates that 40 million Americans suffer from migraines or tension headaches. The FDA reported that 82 percent of patients professionally diagnosed with migraines experienced a 77 percent average reduction in attacks in the first eight weeks while using the NTI-tss.
Sometimes referred to as TMD, TMJ dysfunction is caused by over stimulation of the trigeminal nerve caused by excessive teeth occlusion. By reducing the intensity of the occlusion, the NTI-tss can relieve TMJ pain.
What is a Nightguard?
Bruxism, many migraines, and TMJ dysfunction result from a jaw muscle/nerve malfunction. Nightguards interrupt the involuntary tug of war between the jaw's side and temporal muscles, reducing clenching intensity by one-third, thus reducing the barrage of negative impulses transmitted by nerves. Furthermore, the device causes muscles to relax in a stable position so that you and those hyperactive malfunctioning muscles can rest. Often this eliminates bruxism-related migraines and various kinds of TMJ pain. Some patients experience relief after one night, while others find comfort after a few weeks of wearing a nightguard. At Desert Vista Dental we offer two types of nightguards; NTI-tss and full arch nightguards.
What is NTI-tss?
NTI-tss stands for Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition. Nociceptors are nerves that sense and respond when the body is harmed. They tell the brain of impending damage, injury, or irritation. Trigeminal refers to the nerve which has three sensory divisions within the face and neck. The lower case tss stands for tension suppression system. Once identified, we can often treat bruxism, migraines, or TMJ dysfunction with a revolutionary little acrylic mouthpiece, the NTI-tss device. Custom made to fit each patient’s unique bite, the NTI-tss appliance features a snap-in fit to stay secure during the night.
Full Arch Nightguard
Like the NTI-tss, a full arch nightguard is custom-designed for you. Where it differs is in fit. The full arch nightguard slips over the teeth of your upper and lower jaw. Though not as effective for relieving the symptoms and tenderness associated with TMJ dysfunction, the full arch nightguard successfully stops involuntary teeth grinding, defending your smile from the excessive wear and injury associated with bruxism.
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With two convenient locations in Scottsdale and Goodyear, we provide exceptional dentistry tailored to your unique needs. At Desert Vista Dental, patients come first! Call today to schedule your appointment or consultation with Dr. Smith, Dr. Javia, Dr. Collier, and Dr. Shim. We hope to hear from you soon!