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A 36-year-old member asked:

is there any benefit from wearing a nightguard for tmj if i'm not a teeth grinder?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Maybe!: Tooth grinding at night is called bruxism, and is much more common than often thought. You may be doing it without knowing it. A properly designed nighttime splint can be used to treat a variety of temporomandibular disorders causing pain or dysfunction, and may be prescribed or fabricated by a dentist or oral surgeon. However, if you have no symptoms, you probably don't need to wear one.
Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
TMJ: Some people wear one to prevent cheek biting. Also it can serve as a orthodontic appliance to stabilize the teeth .If you don't need it there is no sense wearing it.If you are having joint pain it may also balance your bite and eliminate torque on the joint, relaxing the muscle.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
May be surprised: You may grind your teeth at night and not even know it. Grinding/clenching is not necessarily a symptom of tmj/tmd.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Unclear: If you don't grind at night, perhaps not. You can test it however. If wearing it at night decreases your symptoms, then you probably are grinding at night.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

If I have worn teeth and grind teeth does a nightguard help my teeth from getting loose?

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Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 13 years experience
Possibly: The right kind of bite guard may prevent your teeth from getting more wear and prevent them from loosening due to the trauma from grinding. If they are already loose, that brings up more questions. If you have periodontal disease, a bite guard won't help with that.

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