TMJ and Bruxism
We’ve found bruxism, or the grinding and clenching of the teeth, to be a primary contributor to TMJ disorder. This action is divided into two different categories: day and night bruxism. Daytime grinders unconsciously clench and scrape their teeth, generally when they feel tension, anxiety, or stress. Nighttime grinders are also unconsciously grating their teeth, however they are not aware of their habit, which remains undiagnosed.
Symptoms of bruxism include:
- Headaches or migraines
- Facial muscle soreness
- Chipped teeth
- Pain when using the jaw
- Teeth that are flat and worn
- Loose teeth
- Grooves worn into the gum line
Taking pain medicine daily to deal with your TMJ symptoms is not a way of life. We offer a non-invasive drug-free treatment options for patients suffering from TMJ disorder resulting in bruxism: the NTI Tension Suppression System.
The NTI is a custom-made nightguard that fits only over your front teeth. It’s a small, clear plastic guard that can be worn at night to prevent clenching and grinding, and can be made to fit either your top or bottom teeth. It helps keep the canine back teeth separate, relieving stress on the temporal muscles, which reduces tension and headaches. NTIs are side-effect free, simple to use, and require no surgery.
Don’t suffer any longer. If you think you are experiencing TMJ disorder, talk to us today about your treatment options.