Many people are afflicted with bruxism, or teeth grinding. Some people may do this consciously during the day, but it is a larger problem at night while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, or irritate your gums. The noise from teeth grinding can also disturb your spouse's sleep if loud enough.
If you grind your teeth you should consider a night guard. The night guard, which is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. All night guards are custom fitted for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and have the night guard created by a dental lab. Night guards are very durable and can be used for up to 10 years.
There are also some things that you can do to try to stop teeth grinding. You can train your jaw to be free and easy rather than clenched. Refrain from chewing gum or on other objects like pens. You should also avoid alcoholic drinks and drinks with caffeine, as these can increase the likelihood you will grind your teeth. If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth at night set up an appointment with us today.
The NTI-tss Plus™ protects teeth, muscles and joints by suppressing parafunctional muscle contraction by almost 70%. Originally developed to prevent migraine pain, the NTI-tss Plus is proven to be a superior alternative to full coverage bite guards.
The NTI-tss Plus also gives dentists a way to simply and effectively treat patients suffering from tension and migraine headaches by reducing the intensity of jaw clenching while the patient sleeps.
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NTI-tss Plus Patient Advantages
- More comfortable
- Less chair time
- More effective
NTI-tss Plus Indications
- Tooth wear from bruxing and clenching
- Muscle pain associated with muscle dysfunction
- Diagnostic treatment planning
NTI-tss Plus Contraindications
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Severely worn centrals
- Incompatible occlusal scheme
The NTI-tss protocol is approved for the Prevention of Medically Diagnosed Migraine Pain and Jaw Disorders through the reduction of trigeminally innervated muscular activity.
Full-coverage bite guards increase clenching activity for some patients by providing an ideal clenching surface for canines and molars. The NTI-tss Plus discludes all posteriors and reduces clenching intensity by nearly 70%.
More comfortable, better compliance
The NTI-tss Plus is smaller, less bulky and won't trigger a gag reflex. Because it is more comfortable, patients actually wear it.
Durable, precise fit
NTI-tss Plus is made from Keller's Clear 450® thermoplastic material. Our high heat, high pressure injection process guarantees a perfect fit with proven durability. Clear 450 provides a perfect fit with no shrinkage and won't absorb stains or odors. Clear 450 is proven to last three times longer than conventional acrylic guards.
UPPER OR LOWER NTI-tss Plus
Although some doctors still prefer the maxillary NTI-tss Plus, more experienced users continue to find additional indications for a lower appliance. Factors that influence arch choice may include clinical crown length and tooth contour (retention), tooth rotations and malposition, uneven incisal edges, and narrow arch width. Your Keller technical advisor can make recommendations after models are mounted and analyzed in the laboratory.
Note: Keller Laboratories certifies that Clear 450® does not contain Bisphenol-A