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A 38-year-old member asked:

how long does it take for my bruxism night guard to alleviate the jaw pain?

5 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Meng Syn
Dr. Meng Synanswered
Dentistry 38 years experience
Fairly quickly: Bruxing can cause pain in several different ways, from temporary spasms of the muscles related to chewing to arthritis of the tmj. If the primary pain is due to muscle strain, within a week you should feel better. If the night guard is not working after that, you may need to adjust or modify the night guard. Make a followup appointment with your dentist in case it doesn't help.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
May not: Just a night guard may not insure success in alleviating your jaw pain. You may need addition exercises and therapy. Should see a dentist/tmj specialist.
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Depends: Depends on what is causing the jaw pain. You should see immediate improvement if the night guard is properly adjusted. If it has been adjusted a couple of times and you still have pain there might be something wrong in the jaw joint itself. Go back to your dentist and have him check for any lateral interferences in the adjustment of your night guard.
Dr. George Ayoub
Cosmetic Dentistry 18 years experience
Few days: You should start noyicing the difference in few days.
Dr. Jerry Hu
Dr. Jerry Huanswered
Cosmetic Dentistry 23 years experience
Depends: How severe is your tmj/tmd? Is it muscle or myofacial pain you're experiencing. Is your bite way off? Do you have parafunctional habits... Sometimes, simply just having a guard or splint is not enough. Check with your dentist or TMJ specialist.

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