Of the many factors that can damage teeth, tooth grinding may be the most surprising. Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, can actually be quite harmful to your teeth, as the grinding affects your protective tooth enamel and can eventually lead to decay. However, bruxism doesn't only affect the teeth. The most difficult aspect of bruxism is most people aren't even aware they grinding or clenching their teeth, since it most often occurs while you sleep. So, if you suffer from sleep bruxism, how can you avoid the likely tooth damage and discomfort? The answer is a bruxism splint!
Here at the office of Jason L. Downey DDS in Las Vegas, we're committed to helping our patients maintain great oral health. We know the discomfort and damage bruxism can cause and how hard it can be to resolve. With this, we offer the latest and greatest in bruxism splints: the NTI-tss! This bruxism splint is highly effective in treating bruxism and can give you the relief you need from headaches and jaw pain. Take a moment to learn more about the device and bruxism with Dr. Downey!
What is Bruxism?
As mentioned, bruxism, commonly referred to as teeth grinding, is simply that. Those with bruxism may clench and grind their teeth throughout the day, but it often takes place at night as well. This is known as sleep bruxism and it's often associated with other sleep disorders like snoring or sleep apnea. Regardless, bruxism can not only cause discomfort in the jaw, as well as headaches, but it can also damage your teeth. While mild bruxism usually doesn't require treatment, constant grinding will ultimately wear down the tooth enamel and even damage pre-existing fillings. On top of that, severe bruxism could lead to fracturing the tooth or even losing it!
No matter the cause or when it occurs, those with bruxism should seek treatment to alleviate symptoms and avoid damage to their teeth. Even if you suffer from sleep bruxism, there are ways to resolve the issue. A bruxism splint is best suited for sleep bruxism, and you can get the latest splint right here in our Las Vegas dental office.
NTI-tss: The Bruxism Splint
In general, a bruxism splint is designed simply to prevent teeth grinding and clenching, or at least reduce the pressure put on the teeth and jaw muscles. Often made of soft plastic, the splints typically resemble a mouth guard, primarily sitting between the two rows of teeth. The full-coverage bite guards may be effective, but their fit and size can be uncomfortable. This is why we offer the NTI-tss at our Las Vegas office.
The NTI-tss, which stands for Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression System, is an anterior bite stop and only sits over the two top front teeth. Despite only covering the front two teeth, this bruxism splint still prevents contact between the canines and molars. First designed to alleviate the discomfort and headaches from bruxism, the device has proven to be one of the most effective bite guards.
Benefits of the NTI-tss
In addition to providing superior comfort over other bite guards, the NTI-tss is custom fit for each patient, but the benefits don't end there. See more advantages of the NTI-tss below:
- Easy to have fitted (less time in the chair)
- Prevents tooth wear
- Alleviates muscle pain, reduces pressure
- More comfortable to wear
- Aids in stopping unconscious clenching and biting
Prevent Bruxism with Dr. Downey!
As you can see, bruxism can be quite painful and even damaging to your oral health. If you suffer from bruxism and need a solution, look no further than the NTI-tss bruxism splint. Dr. Jason Downey will ensure a custom fit so you can rid yourself of headaches and prevent the wearing down of your teeth.
If you're interested in the NTI-tss, give us a call today at 702-871-4903 or contact us here.