Mouth & Night Guards

Mouth & Night Guards​
Help prevent damage to your teeth
You make hear a lot of different terms that refer to an occlusal splint. They are commonly called a dental guard, night guard or bite guard. These devices are used to protect your teeth while you sleep.
Full Arch Splint - Occlusal Guard

Occlusal Guards are removable devices that fit over the teeth and are used to help prevent the wearing down of teeth during sleep due to night time grinding and clenching. These guards are custom made by a lab from a hard acrylic material for a precision fit to your teeth.

Who Needs an Occlusal Guard?
If you wake up and do not feel rested, have a headache or a toothache, or jaw joint pain, or if during a routine dental examination your dentist notices that your teeth have been ground down to a more flattened surface than should be normal, you may be prescribed an occlusal guard. Oftentimes, your teeth may start loosening and you will feel pain in your gums because of clenching.

These guards do not treat the problems, but they can help to prevent more serious problems caused by long-term teeth grinding. If these symptoms are left untreated, additional dental problems such as fractured teeth and tooth loss may occur.

Bruxism, an unconscious grinding and clenching of the teeth, can cause migraines, damage teeth, and contribute to temporomandibular dysfunction. The primary causes of bruxism are stress and tension. Dentists have found that an Occlusal Guard can help to protect the teeth from additional wear and tear from clenching and grinding.

Full Arch Splint - Occlusal Guard

What is NTI-tss?
NTI-tss stands for Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition. Nociceptors are nerves that sense and respond when the body is harmed. They tell the brain of impending damage, injury, or irritation. Trigeminal refers to the nerve which has three sensory divisions within the face and neck. The lower case tss stands for tension suppression system.

How Does NTI-tss Work?
Bruxism ,headaches, and TMJ dysfunction can result from a jaw muscle/nerve malfunction. The NTI-tss works to interrupt the involuntary tug of war between the jaw’s side and temporal muscles, helping to reduce clenching intensity, thus possibly reducing the barrage of negative impulses transmitted by nerves. The device can take anywhere from 1 day to a few weeks to help reduce pain.

The Facts About NTI-tss
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. Many insurance policies will help cover the costs of the appliance. If you suffer from bruxism, migraines, or TMJ pain, ask about the NTI-tss to see if it can help you.

Dentists have found that the NTI-tss can help to prevent clinching and grinding.

TMJ Dysfunction
Sometimes referred to as TMD, TMJ dysfunction is caused by over stimulation of the trigeminal nerve caused by excessive teeth occlusion. By reducing the intensity of the occlusion, the NTI-tss can help to relieve TMJ pain.

If the NTI-tss device becomes loose or if you can remove it with your tongue by applying ANY AMOUNT of pressure to it, discontinue use and immediately contact your dentist for refitting. Under no circumstances should you attempt to alter the device in any matter by heating it.


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