TMJ Mouth Guards in Gasport, NY

NTI Night Guard– A Unique Mouth Guard for Jaw Pain

At Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, we help our patients relieve migraine and jaw pain with TMJ mouth guards. When you have tension in your jaw while sleeping, it can lead to migraine headaches or jaw pain in the morning.  

Clenching your teeth or grinding them together while you sleep is a condition known as bruxism and can also lead to dental problems like chipped, cracked, or worn away teeth. If you’re suffering from temporomandibular joint dysfunction, dental mouth guards can help to relieve pressure on your jaw and your joints while protecting your teeth from damage overnight. 

If you’re looking for the best mouthguard for TMJ, the NTI mouth guard could be a great option for you. The NTI night guard is an effective, non-invasive solution for migraine or jaw pain. 

Dr. Kaplansky uses an NTI treatment plan to care for patients with TMJ in the Gasport, Lockport, and Middleport, NY areas. For pain caused by TMJ or bruxism, the NTI treatment system could be the answer to your problems. To find out how an NTI night guard could help you, read more below!

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Using an NTI Night Guard for TMJ, Clenching, or Grinding 

The NTI mouth guard uses a different approach to safeguard your jaw and teeth than most other mouth guards. With the NTI, short for “nociceptive trigeminal inhibition tension suppression system,” the mouth guard slips over your two front teeth.

Compared to other mouth guards, this is unique. Other mouth guards are generally made using a thick rubber or plastic material and are positioned all the way inside your mouth, with the mouth guard covering all your teeth and your back teeth resting on the mouth guard material.

The unique front-of-the-mouth positioning of the NTI mouth guard keeps your teeth from meeting, which prevents you from grinding or gnashing your teeth together at night. The NTI mouth guard also keeps your upper jaw and lower jaw separated, helping your jaw to relax. You don’t have to worry about jaw clenching overnight with a relaxed jaw. 

If you believe an NTI device is right for you, we will discuss the NTI treatment system with you, evaluate your situation to ensure the NTI mouth guard is appropriate, and move forward with the fitting process. It is vital to have an appropriate fit, so as soon as you decide to wear an NTI device, Dr. Kaplansky will take measurements and create molds of your teeth. Dr. Kaplansky will then order your custom NTI mouth guard using the molds and measurements taken in our office. Due to the NTI night guard's custom nature, the fit will be excellent, helping you achieve a good night’s sleep while wearing your night guard.

NTI mouth guards are ideal for treating TMJ symptoms in Gasport, NY. Call us at Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky at (716) 772-7500 today to get more information about the NTI treatment system!

TMJ Disorder and Treatment

The temporomandibular joint is a hinge-like joint connecting your skull to your jaw bone. Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ, affects the temporomandibular joint and often causes pain in your jaw muscles and joints. 

Sadly, TMJ disorder is common and causes discomfort among many of our Gasport-area patients. In addition to causing jaw pain, TMJ disorder can cause your jaw to click when opening and closing, and the disorder can cause you to feel as though your jaw is locked. 

TMJ can make chewing or talking difficult due to pain or discomfort. If TMJ affects your everyday life, it’s time to look into treatment options.

Besides jaw pain, TMJ can also cause headaches, earaches, and pain in the area of your temples. TMJ can be caused by a variety of issues, including arthritis in the jaw or injury to the jaw. The condition can also develop due to stress, teeth grinding, poor posture, or misaligned teeth that alter your bite.

Your treatment will depend on the cause of your TMJ. If misaligned teeth cause your TMJ, for example, we may need to address your dental issues to help relieve your TMJ-related pain. In the most severe cases, surgery may be necessary. However, we always try the most conservative treatment options first. Dr. Kaplansky will evaluate your situation during your appointment at our office. He can tell you whether the NTI mouth guard is a good solution for you during the appointment. 

We understand how uncomfortable TMJ can make our patients, and we are here to help you get relief from your TMJ symptoms. 

Fortunately, the NTI night guard has a great track record of relieving TMJ-related pain. If you are considering an NTI mouthguard for jaw clenching, reach out to Dr. Igor Kaplansky in Gasport, NY. We are here to help you achieve the best oral health possible. 

Bruxism and NTI Treatment

In addition to TMJ, Dr. Kaplansky often recommends a night guard if you have bruxism, which is excessive teeth grinding or clenching of your jaw. Some people grind their teeth at night while they are sleeping. Others grind their teeth during the day.

Symptoms of Bruxism:

  • Jaw soreness
  • Worn teeth
  • Headaches

Bruxism is often treated successfully with the use of a mouth guard. If you have noticed any of the above symptoms and believe you may have bruxism, we are here to assist you with your bruxism treatment. 

In our office, we will likely recommend that you wear an NTI night guard. However, your dental situation will be thoroughly evaluated before we offer any treatment options. If you’re experiencing bruxism symptoms, the best course of action is to reach out to Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky today at (716) 772-7500 to schedule your dental appointment. 

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Migraines Headaches in Gasport, NY

Migraine headaches have been connected to jaw-related issues, including TMJ disorder. Migraines are severe and sometimes even debilitating. If you have ever experienced a migraine, you know how terrible these painful headaches can make you feel. 

In addition to a severe headache, a migraine can cause other symptoms, like:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Light sensitivity
  • Sound sensitivity 
  • A visual aura

Unfortunately, grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw can cause a migraine to develop. When you are clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth, the intense pressure on your jaw causes tension that travels to your temples, irritating your nerves. Oftentimes, patients don’t even realize that the jaw clenching or teeth grinding is taking place, making it difficult to control.

While wearing the NTI night guard, it is impossible to grind your teeth together because your teeth do not meet with the NTI night guard in place. You also can’t clench your jaw while wearing the NTI mouth guard. In this way, an NTI mouth guard may be able to prevent your migraines from occurring.

Migraines are excruciating and can affect your everyday activities. If you are experiencing migraines that may be caused by bruxism or TMJ, we highly recommend you call our office for a consultation with Dr. Kaplansky. At Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, we are dedicated to helping you lead a pain-free life with excellent oral health. 

To find out more about how we can help you overcome your migraine pain with an NTI night guard, call us today at (716) 772-7500.

Call Us Today about NTI Treatment

Are you in pain throughout the day due to clenching your jaw while you sleep at night? Is your jaw sore when you wake in the morning? Are your teeth beginning to wear down due to grinding or clenching? If you are experiencing migraines or other painful symptoms that you believe may be caused by any of the above issues, we can help you! 

At Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, we want to help every one of our patients with bruxism, TMJ, or other pain. 

Reach out to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kaplansky today and get started on your treatment plan with an NTI mouth guard. Our dental office serves the communities of Gasport, Lockport, Middleport, Carlisle Gardens, Terrys Corners, Wrights Corners, Hartland, Highland Park, and Medina, NY!