TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder refers to jaw pain associated with the hinge connecting the upper and lower jaw. This can lead to conditions affecting the temporomandibular joint, jaw muscles and nerves on one or both sides of the head that result in jaw, face, and head and neck pain. This is often described as feeling like your jaw is popping or clicking or even “getting stuck” for a moment. Fortunately there are treatments that Advanced Dental in CT utilizes to help you get relief from jaw pain.
What are the Symptoms of TMJ?
Although there are many signs and symptoms that you may have TMJ, it can be difficult to be sure because some of the symptoms associated can also be present for other problems. Dr. Maroon can help make the determination by giving you a proper diagnosis at our Connecticut facility by evaluating your complete medical and dental history, conducting a clinical examination and taking appropriate x-rays. Some of the most common TMJ symptoms include the following:
Headaches (often mimicking migraines), earaches, and pain and pressure behind the eyes
A clicking or popping sound when you open or close your mouth
Pain brought on by yawning, opening the mouth widely or chewing
Jaws that “get stuck,” lock or go out
Tenderness of the jaw muscles
A sudden change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
TMJ relief and Treatment
At Advanced Dental in CT we utilize the NTI-tss device as one of our treatments to help you from the pain associated with TMJ. The NTI-tss device is a Tension Suppression System that has been dubbed the most effective FDA-approved method of migraine prevention. The device is simple, fast, effective and inexpensive. Users typically experience better sleep immediately following the first night of use, and the pains associated with TMJ are greatly diminished shortly there afterward. You can learn more about the NTI-tss device by visiting their website www.nti-tss.com.
Here is a simple demonstration of the efficacy of NTI-tss device:
A) Begin by gently biting on the moon portion of your fingernail of your index finger, using your central incisors. Only bite down hard enough to create slight discomfort.
B) Now try biting with a canine tooth on the same spot of your fingernail as you did with the central incisors using the same amount of force. You should experience more pain biting with the canine tooth than with the incisors… Why? The incisor teeth are intended to not only incise (cut) food, but to be “hardness monitors” of what you’re biting into. They help you know whether something will be too hard to chew.
The canine teeth care designed to grab onto food, basically stabilizing your dinner so that it won’t get away. Because the intensity of muscular activity created once the canine teeth have been engaged is under less voluntary control, the contacting canine teeth encourage jaw clenching. This clenching is associated with the pains that come along with TMJ, and the remedy lies in providing alterations of the biting surfaces of the teeth.
The NTI-tss Device
A full coverage 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 provides both canine and posterior teeth contact, thereby allowing for perpetuation of parafunctional muscular activity.
The splint can alter the clenching intensity by adapting its thickness, depending on the amount of pressure applied to particular teeth. If contacts are “heavier” in the molar region, clenching intensity can be inhibited. Alternatively, if contacting is prevalent in the canine region, clenching is reflexive.
An anterior (forward) bite plane reduces parafunctional intensity of the masseters (thick muscle in the cheek that closes jaws during chewing), and to a degree, the lateral pterygoids (muscle that assists in opening the jaw), but still provides canine contact for temporalis clenching.
The NTI-tss device reduces clenching intensity and therefore reducing any pains associated with TMJ by exploiting the mechanisms of the incisor teeth and by avoiding the engagement of the canine and molar teeth when the jaw is centered (A), and when it is in excursive positions (B).
To learn more about the NTI-tss device and to see if it is right for you please contact us to arrange a complimentary consultation. Contact Advanced Dental today by filling out the form below or call us at (860) 218-9450
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