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Night guards

Do you notice yourself regularly having headaches or jaw joint pain? Have you broken one or more teeth or chipped the edges off of your front teeth or crowns?

These could be signs that you are grinding your teeth while you sleep. Doing so can cause significant dental concerns and health problems.

A night guard is a custom-fit appliance worn over the teeth to protect them from nighttime grinding. Future of Dentistry in Wakefield, MA, can provide a night guard custom-fitted for your use.

Symptoms

  • Jaw joint pain
  • Frequent headaches
  • Migraines
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Damaged and chipped teeth, broken crowns, teeth worn down flat
  • Muscle soreness (especially jaw and facial muscles)

Headache treatment

More than 20 million Americans suffer from severe migraine headaches. Studies have shown that people who suffer from migraine and tension headaches clench their teeth while sleeping on average 14 times harder compared to a control group.

Many people who clench their teeth while sleeping awaken every morning with varying degrees of headache pain accompanied by neck, temple, and jaw pain. Grinding and clenching aggravate the trigeminal nerve, a facial nerve that affects 3 areas: the eyes and forehead, upper jaw, and lower jaw. In reaction to stress, the trigeminal becomes overstimulated, causing migraines and other chronic discomfort.

The device we use is called NTI-tss. It is a simple neuromuscular device, custom-fitted and then worn on the front teeth while you sleep. It prevents your teeth from coming together and your jaw muscles from engaging when you bite down. The stressed trigeminal nerve gets much-needed rest and returns to normal function. In clinical trials, the device has reduced migraine headaches in 82 percent of those using it. NTI-tss is FDA-approved to treat migraine pain and is available at Future of Dentistry.

At Future of Dentistry, we want to help you and your family obtain a restful night’s sleep, and not wake up with painful symptoms. Contact our office and see what a night guard can do for you.

Call today to learn more about night guards.