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Solving Headaches and Jaw Joint Issues in Falls Church

How often do you wake up feeling great? If you are one of the many individuals who experience chronic migraines, tension headaches, or jaw joint discomfort, chances are that pain-free mornings happen rarely, if ever. There is now an FDA-approved device capable of providing relief without the need for medication or surgical procedures. The Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition - Tension Suppression System (NTI-tss) is a non-invasive oral appliance that has already helped 1.5 million people worldwide.

We are proud to offer the NTI-tss device at our Falls Church office, alongside our full array of options for treating temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and orofacial pain. Dr. Robert A. Morabito uses this straightforward treatment method to reduce overactive muscular activity, consequently improving his patients’ quality of life.

Read on and give our practice a call for more details on this appliance and the transformative results it can achieve.

Headache Solutions from Falls Church Dentist, Dr. Robert A. Morabito

What is the NTI-tss?

Though small in size, the NTI-tss device can hold the jaw in a stable position throughout the night. As a result, it substantially reduces clenching and grinding, easing the discomfort and oral health consequences these produce. The NTI-tss functions similarly to a conventional night guard but is considerably less cumbersome while offering a large scope of benefits.

This appliance is worn over just the two front teeth, also known as the incisors. It is from this design that the NTI-tss gains its efficacy. Though many equate night-time clenching to problems in the jaw muscles, this is only considering a part of the complete issue. Clenching strains muscles throughout the head and temples, contributing to migraine headaches. The NTI-tss relieves this pressure and triggers a response in the temporalis (head and jaw) muscles to relax. 

While treatment with the NTI-tss is straightforward, achieving ideal results requires oversight by a qualified dental professional. To ensure the appliance is designed to accommodate your unique bite and therapeutic needs, Dr. Morabito takes detailed measurements of your mouth and jaw. We may ask you to return to our office so that we can make adjustments to the NTI-TSS device as needed.

Take time to view this Good Morning America segment on the NTI-tss device:



How Dr. Morabito Addresses TMJ Disorders

The temporomandibular joints connect the jaw to the skull and are found on both sides of the head. Along with the associated facial muscles, these joints play an integral role in proper function. When dysfunction occurs anywhere in this area, there is often a pervasive impact on a patient’s overall well-being. 

The following symptoms are common manifestations of TMJ disorders:

  • Pain in and around the joint, occasionally radiating to nearby muscles
  • Intermittent, persistent ear pain or ringing
  • Discomfort when chewing
  • Jaw clicking or popping
  • Limited movement or difficulty opening the jaw

If you are experiencing any of the above signs, we recommend coming in for an evaluation. Many factors can contribute to the development of a TMJ disorder, including long-term clenching or grinding (bruxism), jaw trauma, rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, and complications affecting connective tissues. This makes individual assessment an essential part of proper diagnosis and forming an effective treatment plan. Dr. Morabito takes the time to discuss the issues you’re facing, review your medical history, and perform any diagnostic procedures necessary to determine the likely source of your discomfort as well as a suitable solution.

Along with addressing clenching and grinding, the NTI-tss device may be used to treat TMJ disorders. Speak with Dr. Morabito at your next appointment to see if you are a candidate for this custom-fit appliance. He will also review alternatives, such as splints, conventional nightguards, or correcting the bite through orthodontics, crowns, or a dental bridge.

Gain the Relief You Deserve – Contact Our Office Today!

Dr. Morabito and his team prioritize patient comfort and listening to the needs and concerns of our patients. We understand the frustration chronic migraines and jaw pain can cause, and approach each case with the utmost compassion. In addition, we offer state-of-the-art treatments to create exceptional patient experiences and achieve successful outcomes consistently.

Call and schedule a consultation today to learn more about the NTI-tss and how we help patients in Falls Church enjoy a life free from headaches and TMJ disorders.

 

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Dr. Morabito and your wonderful staff - Thank you so much for your kind, welcoming, and kid-friendly attention you gave me and my sons when we came in for the Harrison's 1st dental checkup. Thanks again and keep up the good work.

The Harrisons

Dr. Morabito is an awesome dentist, a great personality with the hift of humor, he is personable, and amazingly manages to choose the very best people to work for him. They are all excellent and most of all - caring and genuine. And with my dental problems, believe me I have had my share of being treated like a "number." I recently flew back to Falls Church from Kansas City to have him do my implants, because I don't trust anyone else.

Lynn S.

Dr. Morabito is a rare man: intellectual, very professional, very sensitive and practical to his patients. HIS STAFF: ADIMINISTRATION, DENTAL HYGENISTS, DENTAL ASSISTANTS , entertainment, and a charitable character are exceptionally capable, as he demands. If his practice were a fine hotel, his ZAGAT rating would be the highest. Dr. Morabito is an exceptional man! His professional associations keep him in the forefront of the latest methods and technology. He is excellent with the fearful and anxious patients and makes them feel confident. He is great in all the technical aspects of dentistry. He makes thousands of patients look better and feel great about themselves. You can feel secure in knowing that Dr. Morabito is the only dentist you will need, and he is affordable with a variety of financial plans. All aspects are well explained. If you want a great dentist, see Dr. Morabito and his charming and professional staff that will make you comfortable like family.

Michael C.

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