TMJ / Grinding Treatment

Many people suffer from headaches/ migraines, jaw tension, soreness, grind or clench their teeth. One common cause of these conditions is TMJ Disorder. TMJ stands for the Temporomandibular Joint. Dr. Balice uses the NTI Tension Suppression System. NTI is an FDA-approved dental method of headache and migraine prevention. This often intense nocturnal activity is purported to lead to a hyperactivity of the trigeminal nerve, often triggering painful migraine headaches. The objective of the NTI nightguard is to relax the muscles involved in clenching and mastication, thus diminishing the chances for migraines and tension headaches to develop.

Big bulky appliances are a thing of the past. This small device also keeps the teeth apart reducing pressure on the jaw joint and decreasing discomfort. Since the teeth are apart they will no longer wear against each other causing more damage. Restoring teeth that have extensive wear from grinding isn’t a small undertaking. By fabricating an appliance such as the NTI the doctors at La Grange Dental Associates can help to prevent unnecessary wear of the teeth.