TMJ Mouth Guards in Gasport, NY

NTI – A Different Kind of Mouth Guard

If you have tension in your jaw while you sleep, you may be experiencing related problems during the day such as jaw pain and migraine headaches. Fortunately, at Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, we offer an effective, non-surgical solution to tension in the jaw: the NTI mouth guard. This mouth guard helps people who are struggling with TMJ, bruxism, and migraines — three interrelated conditions.

If you are experiencing painful jaw-related symptoms during the day, the NTI treatment system may be able to help. Dr. Kaplansky regularly uses NTI to treat dental patients with TMJ in the Gasport, Lockport, and Middleport, NY communities. To learn more about how the NTI appliance can help treat your TMJ symptoms, read below!

Using the NTI System to Treat Jaw Problems 

The NTI mouth guard, which is short for “Nociceptive trigeminal inhibition tension suppression system,” uses a non-traditional approach to treat common jaw-related problems. 

If you suffer from TMJ or similar health conditions, Dr. Igor Kaplansky may recommend that you be fitted with an NTI. An NTI is a special type of mouth guard that slips over the two teeth at the very front of your mouth. This is the opposite of how other mouth guards work. Traditional mouth-guards use a rubber or plastic material at the very back of the mouth for teeth to press down on so that your top teeth don’t rub against your bottom teeth. The forward-positioning of NTI separates the upper and lower jaw from each other. This means the two different parts of your jaw do not come into contact with each other at any point. This helps to relieve jaw clenching.

If you decide to use an NTI appliance, it is important that the night guard fits properly in your mouth. Once you make the choice to move forward with treatment, Dr. Kaplansky will take molds and measurements of your teeth and order you a custom mouth guard. Because of its custom fit, the NTI will rest comfortably in your mouth while you sleep. You should not have to use your NTI mouth guard during the day. 

Using an NTI mouth guard is one of the best ways to relieve TMJ symptoms in Gasport, NY. Call us at Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky at (716) 772-7500 today to learn more about our NTI treatment system!

TMJ Disorder

Unfortunately, many of our Lockport-area dental patients struggle with pain and unnatural movement in their jaw area. These patients often experience clicking and locking sensations alongside the pain.

If you are experiencing this clenching in your jaw, it may be due to a disorder of your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This is the hinge-like joint that connects your jaw bone and your skull. A TMJ disorder can cause pain in the joint and muscles of your jaw, making it difficult to chew and to perform daily activities. 

The cause of TMJ is not always clear. The condition is sometimes associated with an injury to the jaw or arthritis. TMJ can also be caused by misaligned teeth, stress, teeth grinding, or poor posture.

Common symptoms of TMJ in addition to jaw pain include earaches, headaches, and pain near your temples. 

Luckily, our NTI mouth guard is often successful in treating TMJ. If you are struggling with TMJ symptoms and you live in the Gasport, NY area, consider scheduling a dental appointment with Dr. Igor Kaplansky. TMJ can be extremely painful, and we want to help our patients eliminate their symptoms whenever possible. Dr. Kaplansky can meet with you to help determine if the NTI night guard is your best course of treatment.

In severe cases, surgery is sometimes recommended for correcting TMJ issues. We always advise our dental patients to try the most conservative treatment method available first before deciding on surgery. We will do everything we can to help you avoid surgery. If you would like to learn more about the NTI mouth guard appliance treatment, please do not hesitate to contact our team at any time during regular business hours. 

Bruxism

Dr. Kaplansky may also recommend NTI mouth guards for other conditions in addition to TMJ. One such condition is Bruxism.

Bruxism is also known as teeth grinding or excessive jaw clenching. Symptoms of teeth grinding may include soreness in the jaw, a gradual wearing down of the enamel until teeth appear flattened, and headaches. You may experience teeth grinding at night while you sleep or even during the day.

If you are struggling with Bruxism, there may be several possible ways to treat the condition. Dr. Kaplansky will likely recommend an NTI night guard, as NTI guards are often successful in reducing bruxism symptoms in our Gasport, NY patients. 

The best thing to do if you are experiencing bruxism symptoms is to call our dental office at (716) 772-7500 to schedule an initial dental appointment with Dr. Kaplansky. During that appointment, Dr. Kaplansky and our skilled dental staff will meet with you and evaluate your jaw to determine if an NTI night guard is indeed the best course of treatment. To get started, contact our office today! 

Migraines

Migraines are arguably some of the worst symptoms of jaw-related health problems. Migraines are very severe and intense, and if you’ve ever had a migraine, you know that this kind of headache can really ruin your day.

A migraine is a very painful headache in which the sufferer may experience symptoms like light sensitivity, nausea, and vomiting. In many cases, the onset of a migraine may be a result of excessive pressure on the jaw or jaw clenching that leads to tension in the temples, which then irritates the nerves and leads to your headache.

Because patients so often clench their jaw and grind their teeth without even realizing it, migraines can be difficult to prevent. This is where the NTI appliance system comes into play. 

The NTI is a different kind of night guard that prevents your upper and lower jaw from ever touching — which means it is impossible to clench your jaw or grind your teeth while wearing it! NTI night guards are so effective at treating migraines because they truly get to the root of the issue and stop migraines from ever beginning. 

We encourage all of our Gasport, Lockport, and Middleport dental patients who are struggling with jaw pain and migraines to seek help. We believe that no one should have to live with preventable migraine headaches! Dr. Igor Kaplansky has dedicated his career to helping members of our community become healthier and happier — and we know that the NTI mouth guard system can reduce pain and improve quality of life.

To learn more about how the NTI mouth guard can help treat your migraine headaches, call our front office dental team at (716) 772-7500.

Call Us Today to Start Sleeping Healthier!

Does clenching of your jaw at night affect how you feel during the day? Are you experiencing painful migraines or jaw tenderness after you wake up? Have you noticed your teeth looking worn down due to grinding or clenching? We can help! At Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, we want to help our dental patients relieve their painful TMJ, bruxism, and migraine symptoms through the use of NTI mouth guards. 

If you would like to learn more about this treatment option, give us a call at Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky today and schedule your dental appointment!