If you suffer from migraines, tension headaches, or earaches and you don’t know why, you should talk to us at Brookside Dental Care about some possible causes. Your pain could be caused by teeth clenching and/or bruxism (teeth grinding).
The NTI appliance is a type of mouth guard that can alleviate the painful result of jaw clenching and teeth grinding. When you clench your jaws or grind your teeth, increased pressure is put on the connective tissue in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the point where your lower jaw connects to your upper jaw and skull. Clenching and grinding can also damage your teeth by increasing wear and tear and possibly result in chipped, broken, or lost teeth. The NTI appliance is a tension suppression system that prevents the clenching and grinding action of the jaws. In taking the pressure off the TMJ, painful symptoms such as migraines, headaches, and earaches can be reduced or alleviated altogether.
Since teeth grinding is most common during sleep, it can be difficult for someone to realize they have this condition. Bruxism and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) can only be diagnosed by a skilled dentist educated in the signs and treatment of this condition. At Brookside Dental Care, we can help you alleviate your pain, and in most cases treatment is as simple and affordable as a comfortably fitted TMI appliance.
If you suspect you or a loved one suffers from jaw clenching or teeth grinding that results in pain, call Brookside Dental Care today, (610) 624-6070.