TMJ – Facial Pain – Headache Services
There are many causes and types of headaches. They may be of dental origin, especially if they are combined with facial pain, ringing in your ears, clicking or popping of the jaw, sinus pain, dizziness, blurred vision, or pain in your neck, shoulders, or back. Migraines and tension headaches may also be caused by dental issues. Many patients suffering with these symptoms are unaware that they grind or clench their teeth. Grinding and clenching are common causes of headaches. The solution typically involves the use of a dental appliance, which is usually worn when sleeping.
A dentist will assess your condition to determine if the source of pain is bruxism, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, TMJ, or tension. They have similar symptoms, but are treated with different appliances.
There are several variations of dental appliance. The two we most typically use in our office are the bruxism splint and the NTI appliance.
A bruxism splint is designed to alleviate the pain and damage caused by grinding or clenching of the teeth. It is made of a soft polyurethane inner layer that rests comfortably against the teeth and gums and a harder outer layer. We use splints that are BPA-free and non-allergenic.
NTI Tension Suppression System
"NTI is a dental appliance for the treatment of migraine pain and associated tension headaches. NTI is a product made exclusively at NDX. By reducing muscle contraction intensity during parafunctional activity, the NTI-tss Plus minimizes tooth wear, reduces joint strain and disc load and decreases muscle tension leading to fewer migraines and morning headache." (Source: National Dentex Labs)
If you suffer from headaches, jaw pain, and facial pain, please contact Ultimate Smile Design. We are located in Palm Bay, Florida and have been serving the residents of Brevard County for many years. We want to help end your discomfort.