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The patented technology for the NTI-tss device produces a near invisible method for correcting years of painful suffering and inefficient chewing.

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TMJ describes the joint where the bottom jaw and base of the skull meet. If you have a problem in this area it is now common to describe this as TMD, tempromandibular dysfunction. You can feel the joint's location below and slightly in front of the ears.

There is a piece of tissue called “the disk” that separates the very top of the lower jaw (mandibular condyle), from the base of the skull (glenoid fossa). When the disk is displaced or changes for some reason, you can have a multitude of symptoms ranging from popping and clicking (joint noise), grinding of the teeth, tooth pain, muscle stiffness and pain, and bite changes. Sometimes (although less common) the mandibular condyle can change shape and create problems.

Other possibilities causing pain may include systemic medical problems like arthritis. There are also studies that now show that if the disk looks healthy and the patient is in overall good health there can still be issues from bacteria in the tissues around the disk requiring antibiotic treatment.


TMJ - Temporomandibular Joint dis-
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NTI Tension Suppression System

The FDA has cleared for marketing for the first time, a device that prevents medically diagnosed migraine pain, tension-type headache, and jaw disorders (“TMJ”), without drugs or surgery, through the reduction of trigeminally innervated muscular activity. Introducing NTI-tss Systems.

How an NTI-tss works
This is a simple demonstration of the efficacy of the NTI-tss device.








A) Begin by gently biting on the moon portion of your fingernail, using your central incisors. Only be forceful enough to create slight discomfort.

B) Now attempt to use the same amount of force, but this time bite with a canine tooth on the same spot of your fingernail as you did with the central incisors.

What happens? Biting with the canine tooth is suddenly more painful than with the incisors... Why?

The incisor teeth are not only intended to incise food, but to be “hardness monitors” of what you’re biting into. They are under your control and tell you if something will be to hard to chew.

The canine teeth are designed for grasping and pressing into what it is that you’re trying to hold on to (carnivores specifically use the canine teeth for this purpose). The intensity of muscular activity created once the canine teeth have been engaged is under less voluntary control. In fact, the message to the brain is: “We’ve opened our mouth to grab something and have caught it...hold on!” The contacting of canine teeth encourages jaw clenching!

Dentistry’s attempt at dealing with parafunctional jaw muscle activity (the most destructive of which is jaw clenching) has been to provide alterations of the biting surfaces of the teeth.

1) A full coverage splint, usually a thickness which mimics the intended space between the teeth when the jaw musculature is supposed to be at rest, provides both canine and posterior teeth contact, thereby allowing for perpetuation of parafunctional (nighttime clenching) muscular activity.

2) By increasing the thickness of the splint, clenching intensity may be altered, depending on the amount of pressure applied to particular teeth. If contacts are “heavier” in the molar region, clenching intensity can be suppressed slightly. If contacting is prevalent in the canine region, clenching is reflexive and perpetuates.

3) An anterior bite plane reduces parafunctional intensity of the masseters (the muscles on the sides of your jaw, primarily involved in chewing, not clenching), and to a degree, the lateral pterygoids (the tiny muscles at your jaw joints that open your jaw), but still provides canine contact for temporalis clenching.









The NTI-tss device (above) reduces clenching intensity by exploiting the mechanisms of the incisor teeth and by preventing the engagement of the canine and molar teeth when the jaw is centered (A),and when it's in excursive positions (B).

For more details, and photographs of before-and-after treatment, go to www.HeadachePrevention.com


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