Do you often experience headaches or migraines? For many, this persistent pain is actually related to the jaw joints and bite balance. If we diagnose issues like TMD disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding), then your Syosset, NY, dentist may be able to offer treatment with a custom-made NTI appliance.
The Common Causes of Headaches
When the balance of your bite is altered, this could strain the jaw joints and cause pressure. For example, should you lose a tooth, develop misalignment, suffer an injury to your face or jaw, or have issues with the growth and development of your jaw and certain oral structures, this could lead to disorders like TMD and bruxism. These could cause a variety of painful symptoms, including headaches and migraines.
The Impact of TMD and Bruxism
TMJ disorder means that the temporomandibular joints connecting your jaw and skull have undergone excessive pressure. As a result, you could develop problems fully opening and closing your mouth, as well as a popping or cracking sensation in your jaw. Bruxism means that you grind and clench your teeth on a regular basis, which wears down enamel and damages teeth, making the risk of tooth decay and dental infection more likely. These disorders are often related, as untreated TMD could lead to teeth grinding and vice-versa. In addition to a headache, these disorders could eventually damage your smile and even threaten the stability of your teeth.
Creating Your Custom NTI Device
To offer relief, we will begin with a few questions to assess your experiences. We then examine the smile for common signs of wear and friction. We then take detailed digital images and measurements to custom fit the Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition (NTI) device. The oral appliance is small and transparent, and worn like a mouthguard. The device repositions the jaw to ease strain, and acts as a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to prevent further injury. The device then stops strains and pressure with our shots, surgery, or medications. If you have any damage from teeth grinding, we can often repair teeth in one visit with dental bonding.
If you have any questions about how we treat these issues and fight headaches with the custom NTI device, then contact our team today to learn more.
Syosset Dental Provides Solutions for Chronic Headaches
When you have persistent pain in and around your head and jaw, this could mean you need treatment for TMJ disorder or bruxism (teeth grinding). If you have questions about how we correct bite balance and stop jaw joint strain with an oral appliance, then contact our Syosset, NY dental office today at 516-433-2211. Enjoying a comfortable smile is possible with a simple and custom oral appliance.