Posted Online: April 22, 2013, 11:04 am
Device takes the bite out of teeth-grinding
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QC Dentist Offers Breakthrough Treatment for Teeth-Grinding, Migraines, and TMJ Disorder
Dr. Mindy Hochgesang
BETTENDORF, IA – According to WebMD, 10% of the adult population and up to 15% of children grind their teeth – a condition known to doctors as bruxism. While most victims of this condition are unaware that they grind their teeth, they may experience a dull, constant headache or sore jaw during waking hours. Often, they first find out they have the condition when loved ones tell them they grind their teeth at night.
"A sleeper's teeth-grinding can make a frightening sound, yet it rarely wakes the person doing it," said Melinda Hochgesang, D.M.D. (pictured at right), of Byrum Family Dentistry. "But, it can wake up anyone else within earshot."
According to Dr. Hochgesang, a breakthrough treatment called the NTI-tss device is now available for anyone who grinds their teeth while they sleep. Byrum Family Dentistry, the dental practice of Robert L. Byrum, D.D.S., P.C., and Dr. Hochgesang, is located at 3878 Middle Road, Bettendorf, IA.
"Bruxism is an unconscious grinding and clenching of the teeth that can cause migraines and damaged teeth," said Dr. Hochgesang. "It can also contribute to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Bruxism can be brought on by stress, tension, and other neurologic causes."
The NTI-tss device is an acrylic appliance that fits comfortably in the mouth. Dentists have found it can be used to treat bruxism, migraines, or TMJ dysfunction because it prevents clenching and grinding of the teeth.
NTI-tss stands for Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition. "Nociceptors are nerves that sense and respond when the body is harmed," Dr. Hochgesang said. "They tell the brain of impending damage, injury, or irritation. The term 'trigeminal' refers to a nerve that has three sensory divisions within the face and neck. The lower case 'tss' stands for tension suppression system."
Custom-made to fit each patient's unique bite, the NTI-tss appliance features a snap-in fit to stay secure during the night. Children cannot wear the standard device, but a special appliance can be made for primary teeth.
How the NTI-tss Device Works
"Bruxism, many migraines, and TMJ dysfunction can result from a muscle/nerve malfunction in the jaw," Dr. Hochgesang said. "The NTI-tss device interrupts the involuntary tug-of-war between the jaw's side and temporal muscles, lessening clenching intensity by one-third. This reduces the barrage of negative impulses transmitted by the nerves."
The device causes muscles to relax in a stable position, she observed. "When those hyperactive, malfunctioning muscles finally rest, you can, too," she said. "Many times, this eliminates bruxism-related migraines and various kinds of TMJ pain. Some patients experience relief after one night, while others find comfort after a few weeks of wearing the device."
The Food and Drug Administration reports that 82 percent of patients diagnosed with migraines have experienced a 77 percent average reduction in attacks in the first eight weeks, while using the NTI-tss device.
The NTI-tss device was invented by Dr. James Boyd, a dentist in Solana Beach, California. "Dr. Boyd and his wife were migraine sufferers," Dr. Hochgesang said. "They were the first two patients to wear the device and it relieved their migraine pain. Since that time, more than 2.25 million patients worldwide have been fitted with the appliance."
To find out more about Byrum Family Dentistry, call (563) 332-7734 or visit ByrumFamilyDentistry.com.