Leonard F. Tau , DMD is an expert headache and NTI dentist in Philadelphia, with over 18 years of experience in neuromuscular pain reduction and other pain management therapies.
From Dr. Tau’s perspective, the NTI device has been and continues to be the single most effective tool for easing chronic headaches, reducing or eliminating symptoms of TMJ disorder, improving sleep quality, reducing tension due to stress, and protecting teeth from damage due to grinding during sleep.
What is the NTI Device?
The NTI (Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition) appliance is an intra-oral small appliance that Dr. Tau uses to stop or severely reduce the clenching of a patient while he or she is sleeping. Such intense clenching can cause severe headaches, ear pain, wear of teeth, sensitivity of teeth and tooth fracture.
In plain English, the NTI is a small, affordable, durable plastic mouth guard worn over the front teeth, which works by keeping the back teeth from touching—this effectively “turns off” the brain’s signal to clench.
Want to know more of the technical stuff? Warning, we are about to get geeky.
NTI—or more specifically, NTI-tss—stands for “nociceptive trigeminal inhibition tension suppression system”. While it is more than a mouthful to say, the NTI is an even bigger deal when it comes to neuromuscular pain reduction and protection of tooth structure.
A (slightly) less geeky way of describing the NTI is to say that it eases tension on the jaw by inhibiting the brain from activating the jaw’s powerful clenching muscles via the trigeminal nerve. If the brain cannot tell the jaw to clench down, then your jaw muscles stay relaxed and you wake up feeling more refreshed. As an added bonus, the NTI keeps the upper and lower teeth from touching so your natural and cosmetically-restored teeth are protected from chipping or cracking while you sleep.
Why Choose Pennsylvania Center for Dental Excellence for the NTI Night Guard in Philadelphia?
The NTI requires experience, finesse, and patience to properly fit and adjust. NTIs are only effective if they are correctly adjusted; improperly fitted NTIs can actually do more harm than good to your jaw!
Dr. Tau is an expert NTI dentist in Philadelphia, and an advocate of minimally-invasive dentistry. He specializes in the fitting and adjustment of NTI appliances, he knows and trusts the technology, and he wants it to be available to those who need it. Our office keeps the price affordable in order to ensure such a powerful pain-relief device can be obtained by Philadelphians on any budget.