TMJ refers to a condition where you experience pain due to a series of possible jaw issues. At Woodruff Family Dental, if Dr. Tim Woodruff, Dr. Randy Woodruff, and Dr. Robert Kaloghirou suspect that you suffer from TMJ, they may suggest specific TMJ treatment or an NTI splint. Both options are used to help ease the side effects of TMJ and bring you more comfort. For more information about TMJ or NTI splits in Jonesboro, Arkansas, or to schedule a consultation with our dentists, please contact our office at 870-972-8190.
NTI is a splint used to treat TMJ disorder or Bruxism. Both of these disorders can cause immense pain in the jaw, or headaches. To help treat either of these conditions, our dentist may recommend an NTI splint. NTI is a type of mouth guard that fits along with the bottom incisors, creating a barrier between your upper and lower teeth that prevents you from clenching your teeth. It is made of a clear, rubbery material, which makes it both comfortable and discreet. Most often, you will wear an NTI guard while you sleep. Our dentist will determine how long you will need to use an NTI splint. If you suffer from headaches or pain as a result of TMJ or Bruxism, we invite you to contact us today and set up a consultation with our dentist.
The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint or the joint that connects the lower jaw to the rest of the head. The term “TMJ” is often used to refer to TMJ disorder, also called TMD, which occurs when the jaw joint becomes stressed, injured, or misaligned. TMJ disorder may result due to several different factors, such as stress, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), arthritis in the TMJ, or trauma and injury to the head, neck, or jaw.
You may suffer from TMD if you experience frequent jaw pain or facial pain. TMJ disorders may also cause:
- Grinding, clicking, or popping sounds in the jaw when you open and close your mouth
- Inability to open your mouth wide to speak, yawn or chew
- A locked or stuck jaw
- Pain when chewing and biting
- Pain in the neck, shoulders, or ears
- Frequent headaches
Our dentist can help you determine the cause of your TMJ disorder and recommend the appropriate treatment. Treatment for the TMJ will depend on the cause and severity of your TMJ disorder. TMD treatment may include jaw and facial relaxation exercises, lifestyle changes, restorative dental treatments, a mouth guard or night guard, or jaw surgery. To learn more about TMJ treatment and schedule your consultation with our dentist, we encourage you to contact us today.