TMJ Therapy by Comfortable Care Dentistry
Nightguards & the NTI-tss System
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) occurs as a result of the problems associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and can result in jaw, face and head and neck pain. The pains associated can be attributed to many different causes, but most dentists agree that the main causes are grinding or clenching of the teeth, dislocation of the soft cushion between the ball and socket, presence of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ, and stress that causes a person to tighten the associated muscles or clench the teeth. The TMJ is involved in many functions of the jaw and mouth and enables the jaw to move and function normally.
TMJ pain can be temporary or can last for many years. The pains associated are more common in women and are most commonly seen in people between the ages of 20 and 40. Common TMD Symptoms Include:
- Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when jaw movements occur
- Limited ability to open mouth very wide
- Jaws that "lock" in the open or closed position
- Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint
- Swelling on the side of the face
- Teeth that do not align properly
- Frequent tension headaches
Fortunately for patients Comfortable Care Dentistry can help cure many of the symptoms related to TMD by utilizing the NTI-tss device. The NTI-tss device is a Tension Suppression System that has been labeled the most effective FDA-approved method of migraine prevention. The device works fast, with users typically experiencing better sleep immediately following the first night of use.
The NTI-tss Device
The NTI-tss device is a splint that is intended to mimic the thickness of the intended space between the teeth when the jaw musculature is supposed to be at rest. It provides both canine and posterior teeth contact, thereby allowing for preservation of parafunctional muscular activity. The splint reduces clenching intensity which results in the pains associated with TMD. To have a custom NTI-tss device crafted for your mouth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kostrzewski to determine your candidacy. For more info on TMJ treatment please contact us today.
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