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Will using a mouth guard for teeth grinding cause jaw pain?

Will using a mouth guard for teeth grinding cause jaw pain?

Possible: 2 reasons to wear a mouthguard for grinding are 1) to prevent tooth wear and 2) prevent damage to jaw/TMJ. Some guards actually make the grinding worse. See a TMJ expert for guidance about this. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask MD, dentist and dental society for referral. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Would a football mouth guard help with jaw clenching at night?

Would a football mouth guard help with jaw clenching at night?

Probably not: But it would prevent damage from grinding. Talk to your dentist if you are clenching. A custom made full coverage splint is best. Partial coverage splints create problems. ...Read more

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Whats a non leeching mouth guard for grinding teeth?

Whats a non leeching mouth guard for grinding teeth?

Glidewell comfort HS: Glidewell dental laboratory makes a comfort hard/soft bite splint that is fabricated from iso-certified erkodent® copolyester and polyurethane discs, which are bpa-free and non-allergenic. Check with your dentist about having one custom made for you. ...Read more

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My jaw is sore after using a mouth guard for rugby. What is the cause?

My jaw is sore after using a mouth guard for rugby. What is the cause?

Many possibilities: Traumatc blow to face, generic rather than custom mouth guard, fracture, ligament strain, clenching, joint compression, etc. in other words, see your Dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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Can a broken mouth guard cause jaw pain?

Can a broken mouth guard cause jaw pain?

If the original: Unbroken mouthguard was causing relief, but now the broken one is causing pain, then it would be reasonable to assume that the broken one is causing the discomfort. I would recommend being seen by your dentist to determine the cause. I am assuming the mouthguard is in fact a "nightguard" and not an atheteltc "mouthguard". In the interim stop wearing the broken mouthguard. ...Read more

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Will a football mouth guard work instead of a specialized guard for teeth grinding?

Will a football mouth guard work instead of a specialized guard for teeth grinding?

No: Sports mouth guars are designed to prevent dramatic damage to teeth and surrounding tissues, and to reduce the chance of concussion. Occlusal Orthotics are designed to help stabilize your occlusion, prevent untoward wear, and protect the jaw joint. Over-use of an athletic mouthguard can actually cause joint damage. Would you use an Ace elbow support for a damaged knee? See your Dentist for Rx. ...Read more

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What is a good night guard for grinding teeth? Upper or lower?

What is a good night guard for grinding teeth? Upper or lower?

Dentist made: The best brux guard is fabricated by a dentist and either on the top or bottom jaws are equally effective. However, if you have pain during the day from clenching, then a bottom brux guard can be worn with minimal speech impediments. ...Read more

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Due to grinding and jaw being slightly out- of- line, the dentist has recommended a custom night guard for my 6year old. Is the guard a choking hazard?

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Due to grinding and jaw being slightly out- of- line, the dentist has recommended a custom night guard for my 6year old. Is the guard a choking hazard?

Role: The purpose of primary baby teeth is to hold space for the adult permanent successors, so if there is severe wear and attrition on baby teeth, and as long as the roots are there to hold space, it's generally okay but speak to your orthodontist as well.. Custom night guards not going to fit after baby teeth loosen/come out. ...Read more

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Can I use a cheap sport mouth guard instead of an expensive night guard for my tmj?

Can I use a cheap sport mouth guard instead of an expensive night guard for my tmj?

Not advisable: A dentist guided mouthguard is most often what is needed to get successful results for tmj. You are more likely to further agravate your situation than help it with a cheap mouth guard. ...Read more

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My Boyfriend is experiencing mouth pain, toothache and grinding teeth. Can a hospital help?

My Boyfriend is experiencing  mouth pain, toothache and grinding teeth. Can a hospital help?

Probably Not: Most emergency rooms are not set up to provide dental care. If the toothache is due to grinding and excess force being applied to the tooth, he will most likely need a bruxism appliance. If the pain is due to a cavity or non-vital nerve he will need definitive dental care. You'll need to see a local dentist for his pain. ...Read more

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Is a mouth guard for bruxism effective?

Is a  mouth guard for bruxism effective?

It will help: It does help soften the force applied to the teeth. There are also other ways that may, or may not, be more effective for you, such as an occlusal adjustment. See you dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a I use a mouth wash for a bleeding tooth decay?

Can a I use a mouth wash for a bleeding tooth decay?

For what?: First, in almost all cases, mouth rinses are not necessary. Secondly, they will do nothing for tooth decay, & not really address the cause of bleeding gums. My recommendation- see a dentist to find out what's wrong and discuss your treatment options. You will need a dentist and treatment, not internet searches and rinses to solve your problem. If I ever find a miracle mouth rinse, I'll let u know. ...Read more

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Is wearing a mouth guard at night a bad alternative to the "night guard"?

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Is wearing a mouth guard at night a bad alternative to the "night guard"?

Custom guard: Custom guards are the best, especially if they are designed to help with airway issues, bruxism/ clench/ grind issues, tmj/tmd issues, or muscle pain issues in head/neck. For mouth guards and sports guards, they are best used to protect teeth during sports. ...Read more

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Is there a way to stop teeth grinding at night without a mouth guard?

Is there a way to stop teeth grinding at night without a mouth guard?

2nd best: The go-to treatment is a mouth guard to protect the teeth. But there are other, less effective, modalities. Some of them are muscle relaxants, analgesics, psychotherapy, occlusal adjustment, malocclusion modification (braces), and others. Your Dentist will know the best course of treatment for you depending on the cause of your grinding. ...Read more

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Anyone have an effective cure for clenching your teeth in your sleep, besides mouth guard?

Anyone have an effective cure for clenching your teeth in your sleep, besides mouth guard?

Stress reduction: First, a mouth guards does not cure clenching. It merely protects your teeth from the wear and tear that clenching produces. Reduction of stress can sometimes be reduced with relaxing techniques such as yoga, exercise, a walk outside in the fresh air, deep breathing exercises, a warm bath or with any hobby or other activity that you enjoy and gets your mind off the stresses of daily life. ...Read more

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I have a mouth guard for bruxism. I wake up at times with my mouth clenched and have even worn a hole through the molar part. Is the guard working?

Have it checked: It is impossible to tell you if your nightguard is as effective as it should be. This depends on the design and the cause of your grinding. It will not stop you from clenching or grinding, but prevent the damage that it does. They do need to be checked when you have your teeth cleaned. It is not unusual for patients to wear holes in them. ...Read more

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Can you use Arnica for TMJ? I've had this for over 30 years. I'm getting another night guard by dentist. Right side is worse

Can you use Arnica for TMJ? I've had this for over 30 years. I'm getting another night guard by dentist. Right side is worse

TMJ: TMJ is usually caused by bruxism (chronic teeth grinding and/or clenching) or a bad bite. Effective treatment depends on how (grinding, clenching, or both), and when (nighttime, daytime, or both) you are bruxing, plus the condition of your bite. Pain will subside by elimination of trauma to the TMJ. See a dentist experienced in treating TMJ dysfunction (nightguard is only one aspect of treatment). ...Read more

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What can be done to relieve a swollen face on my left side of face from a toothache gum disease?

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What can be done to relieve a swollen face on my left side of face from a toothache gum disease?

See a dentist ASAP: Unlike some other types of infection, a dental or gum abscess will not get better on its own and must be treated by a dentist. Do not delay. ...Read more

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Is it possible that wearing a dental night guard for night grinding affect my bite?

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Is it possible that wearing a dental night guard for night grinding affect my bite?

Yes: Your bite changes throughout your life. Just as you have increased attrition, your vertical dimension, your bite/occlusion will change. Wearing a guard can be also problematic if you have torque, interferences, premature contacts, etc.... Be involved with your dentist on your guard, orthotic, or appliances. ...Read more

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Facial Pain (Definition)

Facial pain is a clinical finding in which there is pain in the area of the face. This is often due to trauma, ...Read more


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Mouth Guard (Definition)

Protective appliances that fit on the teeth , used to control harmful habits such as ...Read more