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  • Bruce Fine, DDS


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Grinding Teeth

Graphic showing appliance for stopping grinding of teethAt Fine Dental Care, we want to offer our patients cutting-edge technologies with your comfort in mind.  For years, patients who have a history of grinding and TMJ symptoms were forced to wear a full-coverage bite guard which can be uncomfortable, cause gagging and can on occasion cause more jaw discomfort.

Because of the down sides of wearing a full appliance, we at Fine Dental Care are proud to offer a revolutionary and simple way of treating all the symptoms of grinding, the NTI-tss Plus.

The NTI-tss plus is an FDA approved dental appliance developed to prevent migraine pain by reducing the intensity of jaw clenching and grinding (Bruxism) nearly 70% while you sleep. Bruxism is a major cause of migraines, jaw pain, earaches, damage to the teeth, and TMJ disorders. The NTI-tss Plus is designed to reduce bruxism and its symptoms.

The NTI-tss Plus provides a surface for the front teeth only, keeping the molars separated. This diminishes the ability of the molars to clench and grind, while full-coverage bite guards actually give the molars a clenching surface.

The NTI-tss Plus is small, comfortable, and doesn’t produce a gag reflex, which means patients are more likely to wear it. The appliance is easy to fit and requires very little time in the dentist’s chair.

For more information you can visit www.theheadacheremedy.com.

Clenching Teeth

Dental patient having treatment for clenching of teethDo you wake up with headaches, neck pain or sore teeth? You could have bruxism and be unconsciously clenching teeth while you sleep.If you’re like more than 50% of people, you probably have a nighttime habit you may not even know about: gnashing, grinding or clenching teeth while you sleep.

Here’s how to tell if you’re doing it: Take your thumb or finger and feel along the edges of your upper and lower front teeth.

  • Do they feel ragged?
  • Any little chips along the edges?
  • Any fractures or crack lines?
  • Now, go to the bathroom mirror and really look at them.
  • Are they flat or worn down?
  • Are there sharp edges or very pointy tips?

Then ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you ever have a morning headache or neck ache?
  • Do your teeth feel sore in the morning?
  • Have ringing in your ears?
  • How about an ache in your jaw, at the point where you open and close your mouth, on one or both sides?

When you grind your teeth while you sleep, you’re putting a tremendous amount of force on them, the equivalent of hundreds of pounds, and many times more than you would tolerate if you were doing it during the day. This unconscious habit can cause minor to severe damage to your teeth and jaw joint.
Some people just clench teeth at night, but they’re still likely to move the jaw slightly from side to side or front to back – and end up wearing those teeth down.

As the teeth grind down and become flat, they can begin to look unsightly. The back teeth may start hitting each other as the front ones shrink.  Teeth get shorter, chip easily, become loose and a once beautiful, youthful smile could be lost.

That jaw joint really takes a beating with bruxism too. Ligaments in and around the TMJ can be damaged as the surrounding area becomes inflamed. The result is pain sometimes unexpectedly and sudden.

How can we help? Ask Dr. Fine about the FDA approved appliance, the NTI-TSS. The NTI appliance is made not only to protect your teeth, it also helps to re-program the muscles to assist in breaking the clenching and grinding habit. The appliance covers only a few teeth in the front, making it the most comfortable and effective appliance to use.