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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Migraine Relief at the Dental Office?

If you are one of the 29 million migraine sufferers in America, you know the pain of a migraine headache can be moderate to severe. A migraine typically lasts 4-72 hours and can be incapacitating for many. Many migraine sufferers manage their pain with medication and end up spending outrageous sums of money and have no cure, just temporary relief. Since migraines are recurring, we know that at best, pain medication does not solve the problem, only masks the root cause.
The vast majority of sufferers are not aware that there is a cost-effective
migraine preventative available through their dentist. There is a dental appliance called the NTI which is FDA approved for the prevention of migraine headaches.

In clinical trials, reviewed by the FDA, 82% of medically diagnosed migraine
sufferers using the NTI device had a 77% average reduction of migraine pain
attacks within the first eight weeks of use.

Unlike migraine medications, there are no side effects and the device is safe for
pregnant women. The cost of the NTI varies by case, but compared to the
money spent on repeatedly purchasing prescription drugs to combat migraines, the price is relatively minimal. Some insurance plan will even cover the expense.

How Does This Device Work?
Dr. Bertolini has utilized the NTI in his practice for many years. The NTI
works by reducing jaw clenching during sleep. It fits over the central teeth on
the arch and keeps the molars and canines from touching. Many patients unconsciously clench and grind their teeth at night. For some, clenching serves as a catalyst for migraine inducing strain on the muscles in the head and face.

To demonstrate how the NTI works, touch the muscles of the temples while biting down on a pencil with the back teeth as hard as possible. The temporal muscles will bulge and intensely contract. When one bites down on a pencil with only the front teeth, the temporal muscles remain relaxed. The NTI also works for patients who grind their teeth at night and need a bite guard. It is much smaller and less obtrusive than a full coverage guard, and works just as well at preventing damage to teeth from bruxing (unconscious grinding of teeth).
For more information call our office and end migraine pain without drugs!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Cavity Prevention

If you are like most parents, preventing your children from ever getting a cavity is a priority. The best way to protect teeth is by forming a barrier covering the depressions and grooves of the chewing surface. This barrier is known as a sealant. This material can only be applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Adults can
also have sealants placed on teeth that do not already have fillings or decay. Sealants are preventative restorations, which means they delay or prevent tooth decay on areas of the teeth where decay often starts.

How are sealants applied?
At our office, all sealant sites are prepared with a special decay detecting bur. Along with high powered magnification, Dr. Bertolini is able to see if the decay has progressed further into the tooth to warrant a small filling called a preventative resin restoration (PPR) or sealant. This whole process may sound scary but it is
quick and painless!

How long do sealants last?
Despite the incredible pressures effected on teeth during chewing each day, dental sealants often remain effective for five years or longer, although some do wear more because of chewing patterns. These should be checked at your regular hygiene appointments.

Here are some snack alternatives which can reduce decay when combined with sealants and flouride:
Peanut butter, popcorn, fresh vegetables, fruit, yogurt, dry (unsweetened) cereal or granola, cheese, xylitol products (mints, gum)