Over the years, a variety of effective treatments for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) have been developed. At Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA, Dr. Sangiv Patel takes great care to diagnose your TMD and to treat it. One treatment option that Dr. Patel utilizes is the NTI: Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression System (also called NTI-TSS or NTI-tension suppression system). This dental appliance is a type of splint that is used, not only for the treatment of TMD but for headaches and migraines as well. The device works similarly to a night guard, minimizing teeth clenching and grinding that can occur overnight in people who suffer from TMD. If you believe you may have TMD, or think you may be showing symptoms, contact our Melbourne, FL facility.
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The NTI-tension suppression system reduces nocturnal bruxism. It is ideal for those who suffer from nighttime jaw clenching, teeth grinding, and those who are keen to adhere to the instructions that come with the NTI-TSS. The device can also be used to alleviate the pain of headaches and migraines in some. If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder, Dr. Patel will evaluate you thoroughly so that he can accurately diagnose and tend to your condition.
What to Expect
Unlike a mouth or night guard, the NTI-tension suppression system is a partial splint, only covering a few of the wearer's teeth. This splint works to prevent your top and bottom teeth from making contact, eliminating the possibility of teeth clenching or teeth grinding. It is not to be worn while eating, and the device should be cleaned regularly to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. Dr. Patel will let you know when your splint is ready, and then you will come in and have it fitted to ensure that it is comfortable. Dr. Patel or a member of his team will instruct you on the proper ways to wear and care for your NTI-TSS splint.
If you are diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorder, Dr. Patel could select the NTI-tension suppression system to address this dysfunction. He will likely request that you come in for several follow-up appointments after you receive the device to ensure that it is doing what it needs to do and that you are well on your way to recovery from your TMD. Even after you have recovered from TMD, it is pertinent that you continue to schedule your annual dental examinations and bi-annual cleanings at our Melbourne, FL facility. This way, Dr. Patel can monitor the improvement of your joints and overall dental health.
Part of the cost of your NTI-TSS may be covered by your dental insurance. If you have dental insurance, our team will contact your provider to determine your coverage and out-of-pocket costs. Whether you have insurance or not, Dr. Patel can discuss cost estimates and go over the various payment methods we accept. For more affordable dental care, our office can help you find medical financing.
Nocturnal teeth grinding and clenching can be a painful and troublesome problem to have. At Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA, we can treat your nighttime bruxism with an innovative NTI-tension suppression system device, which can also alleviate your headaches and migraines. Contact our Melbourne, FL office if you have any questions about bruxism, TMD, or the NTI-TSS as a remedy for your concerns.