Treat your bruxism and/or TMJ Dysfunction with a NTI Splint…
NTI splints or nociceptive trigeminal inhibition splint is a common treatment for facial pain that results from clenching or grinding (bruxism) and often accompanies certain temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) Studies have shown that these simple appliances can reduce muscle pain in nearly 80% of patients. At Smile Dynamics in Wahroonga we offer NTI Splints to patients who have difficulty managing their TMJ Dysfunction symptom and/or are experiencing night time bruxism.
Generally, splints or appliances cover all of the upper jaw teeth and are flat to allow the patient to move their jaw freely when the teeth bite against the splint.
However, the NTI splint design is small, contacts only the maxillary (upper jaw) and mandibular (lower jaw) front teeth, and places the mandible (lower jaw) in a slightly forward and open position. The functionality of this splint type is superior to the traditional maxillary splint in reducing symptoms of TMD.
NTI Splints are custom-made to suit your smile…
Wearing a device at night called an NTI appliance can decrease the jaw and temporal muscle spasm and fatigue and often eliminates or reduces the frequency and severity of crippling headaches or migraines.
An NTI appliance is a custom-made new design bite splint that many people find easier to wear and more effective. It is approximately the size of the end of your thumb, fits over your front teeth and is worn every night when you first receive it, but after your symptoms subside, you only wear it when necessary. You should notice an improvement immediately, although the full effect may take several weeks.
Did you know that Smile Dynamics also offers snoring appliances?
Snoring affects approximately 40% of the adult population, is more prevalent in men than women and has been recorded up to 90 decibels, similar to a model aeroplane.
Snoring occurs when the muscles and soft tissue at the back of the throat (including the tongue) relax and vibrate as you breathe in and out. Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea are conditions we take seriously at Smile Dynamics as it has been linked to high blood pressure and risk of heart attack.
A custom-made anti-snoring oral splint from Smile Dynamics in East Wahroonga moulded from a detailed cast of your mouth is one very comfortable and effective solution that enables many snoring patients and their partners to enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.
When correctly fitted, these splints have been known to substantially reduce the frequency and volume of snoring. They work by repositioning your jaw, which increases airway space and reduces airway constriction, providing a stable position of your jawbone and an improvement in your upper airway muscle activity.