Clenching, Grinding and Headaches. Oh My!
After a thorough evaluation and it is determined that the primary reason for the patient to have headaches or damage to their teeth is from the muscular pattern of clenching and grinding, we often recommend an appliance that is given specifically for the treatment of muscular hyperactivity. We call this appliance the NINJA nightguard.
NINJA is an acronym for NeuroInhibitory Nightguard for Jaw Advantage. This dental appliance uses a neurological reflex to inhibit or decrease the ability of the chewing muscles to contract. This provides advantages to the jaw joint and teeth because it provides muscular relaxation, tooth protection and jaw joint decompression. Overuse of the chewing muscles can be a result of many causes, but if it is determined that the patient is a good candidate for this therapy, it is one of the least expensive, most efffective and easy to wear appliances that we provide at Synergy Dental Solutions.
The second reason that we have named it the NINJA nightguard is that when most people think of "ninja skills", they think of a highly skilled warrior that uses stealth, is not easily visible and is very efficient at their task of overcoming their enemy. When the enemy of the teeth is often the muscles of the head and neck causing excessive pressure on them, the NINJA nightguard is excellent for those who suffer from the muscular pattern commonly known as clenching and grinding. It's almost invisible, easy to wear and very effective at reducing the damaging effects of excessive and dangerous muscular forces being placed on the teeth, gums and jaw joint.