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A 42-year-old male asked:

How long should it take before you get results from a night time tmj mouth guard. is it normal for clicking to get worse while wearing it?

4 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Chrisman
Dentistry - Cosmetic 34 years experience
Mouth guards: Your mouth guard should be attempting to reduce or eliminate joint sounds however if your disc (s) were locked and are going back into place. Then it is an improvement. Hopefully you had a comprehensive exam and joint diagnosis prior to splint therapy. If so you should return to your doctor and have your splint adjusted. I prefer day and night splints 24/7.
Dr. Michael Lebowitz
Dentistry 34 years experience
TMD Mouth guard : Symptoms usually improve within the first few nights then tend to return. Progressive adjustments and monitoring are essential to the success of oral appliance therapy. Seeing a dentist that has advanced training in this field is recommended.
Dr. Mark Collins
Prosthodontics 25 years experience
Tmj problem: These are questions you should ask the one who made it for you. There should be improvement or else you should get different treatment. It could be possible you have sleep apnea as well.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Short time: Not very long. Within a week. Not normal for increased sounds. Was it make by a TMJ specialist? If not, should be.

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