Bruxism and TMJ Therapy

Bruxism is the involuntary clenching and grinding of the teeth, which can occur while a person is awake although it is more likely to happen while they are asleep. One of the primary reasons people grind their teeth is stress; this harmful habit becomes their way to release that stress. If not treated, bruxism can damage your teeth, cause headaches and migraines, and contribute to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). It is important to know about Bruxism and TMJ.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is caused by the overstimulation of the trigeminal nerve, which can happen if you suffer from extreme teeth occlusion.

Though Bruxism and TMJ are two different disorders, they are linked to one another. Bruxism can cause TMJ if not treated on time. As our patients’ health is our priority, Dr. Elizabeth Kilpatrick-Fox’s practice in Swedesboro offers TMJ and Bruxism therapy as part of its list of services.

Traditional Bruxism and TMJ Treatments

If your case is mild, TMJ can be fixed by avoiding hard and sticky foods. You can also try doing certain exercises to help your jaw relax. If these are not effective, one of the first treatments we will recommend is mouth guards. Custom-made to fit properly on your teeth, these devices prevent your teeth from making excessive contact with each other. When used for TMJ, they allow the jaw and teeth to be in a relaxed position.

If the use of mouthguards is far from effective or if these conditions have already affected your jaw, Dr. Fox may recommend a different type of Bruxism and TMJ dysfunction treatment: Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition (NTI-tss).

NTI-tss Therapy

Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression System (NTI-tss) is an FDA approved appliance that comes under the category of a valid and proper oral treatment. It is a treatment option that targets nociceptors and trigeminal. Nociceptors are our nerves that sense any harm to the body, and also respond to it. They inform the brain of any impending injury, irritation, or damage. Trigeminal, on the other hand, is the nerve with three sensory divisions within the neck and face.

Migraines, TMJ dysfunction and bruxism result from a malfunction in the jaw nerve or muscle. The NTI-tss interrupts the tug of war between the temporal muscles and jaw’s side reducing the intensity of clenching. This, in turn, reduces the negative impulses transmitted. Moreover, the device also allows muscles to relax. As a result, migraines and the pain of TMJ will disappear.

If Dr. Fox’s thorough assessment uncovers that this is the best solution for you, she will take x-rays, photos and notes to send them to the dental lab. NTI-tss is custom-made for each patient according to their bite. It can be designed even for children’s primary teeth.

If you are starting to suffer from the symptoms of bruxism or TMJ disorder, let Dr. Elizabeth Kilpatrick-Fox free you from the pain of these serious health issues. Call us now at 856 467 1100 or visit 1507 Kings Highway Route 605, Swedesboro, NJ 08085 to schedule an initial consultation and later determine the best therapy for you.