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Why do people say homemade nightguards make TMJ symptom worse?

Why do people say homemade nightguards make TMJ symptom worse?

Easy to chew: Most home made "boil and bite" mouth guards are made of a rubber material that although provides great protection againest concussions in contact sports, also causes many people to chew on them as well. A professionally made bruxism splint should be fabricated out of acrylic or some other hard material to prevent additional chewing and clenching. ...Read more

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Will a night guard help with my TMJ symptoms?

Will a night guard help with my TMJ symptoms?

Perhaps: A night guard helps with night time clenching and grinding. Many TMJ patients find this helpful. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Care Credit: Sorry to hear about your misfortune. Over the counter devices sold in pharmacies and online are for the most part inadequate, as they are often too thick, poorly retentive, and inadequately cover all of the teeth. As a result these devices can often prompt more clenching, and/ worsen TMJ. CareCredit is a healthcare credit card that can be used for dental procedures. ...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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My TMJ I found out about a year ago that that was what I had. My ins does not pay for a night guard. My car accident made it even worse. I want to cry?

My TMJ I found out about a year ago that that was what I had. My ins does not pay for a night guard. My car accident made it even worse. I want to cry?

CareCredit : Sorry to hear about your misfortune. CareCredit is a healthcare credit card that can be used for dental procedures. This is a healthcare credit card, offered by more than 65% of all dentists to help patients like you access the care they need and want without insurance coverage. ...Read more

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Tmj sufferer. What was your experience with nightguard?

Tmj sufferer. What was your experience with nightguard?

Very efficient: Use of a nightguard to treat TMJ can work but not in all circumstances. Some nightguards (especially those bought over the counter, ) are too bulky and may create additional problems and pain. A TMJ specialist should be consulted. Mouthpieces can be upper, lower, both, soft, or hard . See what i mean. No one mouthpiece works for everyone. Mouthpieces are only one piece of the TMJ puzzle. ...Read more

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What will happen if you wear a night guard with TMJ and you're under 18?

Hopefully...: ... the nightguard will alleviate many if not all of your symptoms. This is regardless of your age. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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