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Night Guard Problems
Is TMJ a serous problem & by me buying a night guard from a store bad if it is not customized? What's the worst that could happen
Could be: Tmd (temporomandibular dysfunction) can be caused by many things and should be evaluated by a dental specialist. Depending on the cause, most people start with a custom fitted mouthguard to relax jaw musculature and combat bruxism. Evaluation will determine if jaw pain is from disc assembly or musculature. ...Read more
Is TMJ a serous problem I just found out that I have it & I'm very worried? I bought a night guard to try & help but I'm still scared!
It can be: It can range from serious to very minor. Knowledge is power. See a TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read more
I don't have access to a night guard and I have a jaw clenching problem. What can I use in the mean time to stop myself from clenching so much?
If night clenching-try to do some type of relaxation prior to going to bed as night time teeth clenching is often (but not always) a subconscious release of daily tension and stress). Try not to do work, or read an intense story or even watch the news before going to bed because that additional stress can set off your clenching episodes.
Also, see a dentist for a custom made mouth guard ...Read more
I was told not to use harsh cleaners as it can eat away at the night guard. Can I use peroxide instead?
Dilute it!: 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 2 parts water can be safe. Also, stay away from alcohol-based mouthwashes (even diluted), since the alcohol dries out the plastic, making it easier to fracture and break. I recommend denture cleansers for my mouthguard patients. They are safe to use and leave the mouthguards with a mild decent taste. ...Read more
Depends: What type of mouth guard do you have, if it is one of boil and bite, probebly you will have hard time to wear. Find a neuromuscular dentist to fabricate one for you which it will be very comfortable to wear. ...Read more
?: You will have hard time to come out! ...Read more
Hopefully...: ... the nightguard will alleviate many if not all of your symptoms. This is regardless of your age. ...Read more
Been wearing night guard for TMJ for 4 mths. Bite seems to have changed. Crown feels high on 1 side. Could this cause more spasm and may not resolve?
Evaluation: Treating patients for tmd\tmj requires ongoing monitoring, unlike getting a sports guard where it's fabricated for you and you're done. Things change over time- habits, stress, occlusion, ng wear, etc. Therefore, you should see the dentist who made your night guard to be re-evaluated with possible adjustments. Finally, different dentists have different levels of knowledge and experience. ...Read more
Hospital: Go to the hospital to be evaluated and treated. ...Read more
Do not recommend: Do not recommend.Get a more detailed answer ›
Often: There are many reasons to fabricate a night guard. Some patients find it annoying unless it relieves pain, and end up not wearing it, while others find tremendous benefit from it and won't go to sleep without it. There are many different types and materials used. I suggest that you have a discussion with your own dentist to determine what is best for you and your particular circumstances. ...Read more
No: The guard is way too big to swallow. ...Read more
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
A night guard...: Made by your dentist will be custom fit to your mouth along with using higher quality materials that will feel much more comfortable while wearing. ...Read more
I use a night guard and I think I have angular cheillitis due to it. What can I do to get rid of it?
Not likely: Angular chelitis often shows up in denture wearers where the bite has collapsed. Often, hard plastic occlusal night guards can help with this problem. In many cases, no treatment is needed and angular cheilitis resolves by itself. Take care. ...Read more
I have TMJ but can't afford medical care for it. What should I do until I can? Would a night guard help or make it worse? Should I avoid hard foods?
A few things.: Depends on symptoms, and cause of symptoms. 3 signs of TMJ dysfunction: joint noises, joint pain & limited oral opening. Self treat with soft diet, jaw exercises, massage, heat/cold, OTC pain meds. A splint or physical therapy would be next. Occasionally muscle relaxants, biofeedback. Xrays are done for diagnosis. Surgery usually reserved for serious symptoms not responsive to other treatments. ...Read more
Mediocre at best: They are not custom fit, they are likely to be a bit soft and chewy and like an athletic mouth guard they can be chewed through easily. If you are a light bruxer you may be fine but more likely you would benefit from a custom fit firm durable appliance made by your dentist. ...Read more
Months to year: It depends largely on the degree of the problem, the body's response to the treatment, long enough treatment that recurrence not likely. Must be guided by the professional treating you for this problem. ...Read more
Unclear: While most, but not all, patients report an improvement in pain symptoms upon awaking, the reasons for this finding are still unclear. Theories include an alteration in occlusal proprioception leading to a reduction in the number of bruxism episodes and/or bruxing intensity. ...Read more
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