Researchers estimate that approximately 40 million Americans suffer from some type of headache such as migraines or tension headaches on regular basis. Many times these headaches are caused by involuntary grinding and clenching which can also lead to tooth damage. Grinding and clenching is actually a form of overactive muscular functioning which can not only wear down your teeth but can also lead to headaches and neck and jaw pain. If left untreated, severe tooth damage and irreversible problems with the Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) can result.
If you know that you are grinding or clenching or if you experience symptoms such as frequent headaches or tooth damage, you may benefit from a device known as the NTI. The NTI device was recently approved by the FDA for tension migraine therapy. This device works to stop pain as well as protect your teeth from excessive wear. The NTI is a very small appliance that is made to fit over your front two teeth. The device is typically worn at night while you are sleeping, and helps to prevent your back teeth from contacting. The NTI device helps the bones and tissues in the TMJ to rest in the most stable position. For extreme cases, a modified device can be made for daytime wear.
For more information about the NTI device or other nightguards we offer at Studio B Smiles, please call our office at 480-860-0092 or visit www.headacheprevention.com.