looking for a cure for bruxism
Well, the NTI device has recently been FDA approved. The NTI device causes the bruxer to put pressure on only the front teeth, as opposed to allowing the rear teeth to make contact.
Don’t get excited yet. The NTI device is NOT all peaches and roses.
I got an NTI device, but I had to stop using it after 2 days because my jaw felt like it was being displaced. When I first woke up in the morning, there wasn’t any pain, but my rear bottom molars contacted the GUM TISSUE BEHIND my last molar at the top, where my wisdom teeth used to be.
That’s bad news if I ever saw it. I was on my way to developing “Anterior Open Bite”, or AOB.
If I kept using the NTI device, it’d be weeks before I had really bad AOB (see also this, slide #34 in the presentation). AOB is a bad problem in dentistry and can be corrected by surgery.
What made me REALLY stop the nti device though, was the new tinnitus noise it introduced. The day after I used the NTI splint, I developed (during the __day__, not while sleeping) a new tinnitus noise that I didn’t have before.
The NTI seems to have done weird things with my TMJ and I believe it can exacerbate or produce tinnitus; I’m not willing to try this long enough to prove it, but I think I’ve had a taste. Notice that nowhere on the NTI site is tinnitus acknowledged. NTI solves migranes. NTI doesn’t say anything about tinnitus.
SO, before you plunge in and just go BUY an NTI, I think what you should do first is try the lifematters.com Stop Bruxing Now! course with MyoTrac. Check out my other post (‘extreme solution for tmj’) and use the software I wrote (and will be updating soon!) to help, OR connect the output of your MyoTrac to a big stereo to amplify the noise. You need a 2.5mm adapter to connect the output of MyoTrac to your stereo, just go to Radio Shack or The Source and ask.