Do you experience chronic tension headaches or soreness in your jaw? You may clench your teeth, a condition known as bruxism. In addition to craniofacial tension, bruxism can cause serious damage to your teeth. To treat bruxism and related symptoms, Dr. Scott A. Young often recommends the use of an NTI appliance.
An NTI appliance is a bite guard you wear during sleep, when teeth clenching often takes place. It works by utilizing the nociceptive trigeminal inhibitory (NTI) reflex, the reflex that keeps us from injuring our front teeth when we accidentally bite down too hard. When you begin to clench your teeth, the guard stimulates the reflex and clenching stops.
Receiving an NTI appliance at Scott A. Young, DDS is a quick, comfortable process. Although it is specially fitted, it does not require our dentist to make any molds or impressions of your teeth. It remains firmly in place during sleep, offering comfortable protection against damage and symptoms of bruxism.
If you would like to learn more about NTI appliances or have experienced symptoms of bruxism, including chronic headaches and jaw pain, please call our office here in Charlotte, North Carolina, today.