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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?

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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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!

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

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Is there any benefit from wearing a nightguard for TMJ if i'm not a teeth grinder?

Is there any benefit from wearing a nightguard for TMJ if i'm not a teeth grinder?

TMJ: Some people wear one to prevent cheek biting. Also it can serve as a orthodontic appliance to stabilize the teeth .If you don't need it there is no sense wearing it.If you are having joint pain it may also balance your bite and eliminate torque on the joint, relaxing the muscle. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with tmd back in 2007. I wear a night guard (customly prescribed by TMJ specialist. I have ear stuffiness now. Ideas for help?

I have been diagnosed with tmd back in 2007. I wear a night guard (customly prescribed by TMJ specialist.  I have ear stuffiness now. Ideas for help?

Probably not related: It is probably not related but i would have TMJ specialist look at your night guard if it is older than 24 months. See you family doctor to rule out sinus/allergy problems and possible referral to ENT (ear, nose and throat doc). ...Read more

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Tmj 2 years.Improving - pt/night guard( 4 wks)but still weird feeling in ear when chew. Never confirmed a displaced TMJ dic but if it is will it heal?

Complex question: Many TMJ problems continue to improve over time with or without treatment. If you're not as good as you want to be, 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

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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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I have arthritis in my jaw as well as tmj. I already have a night guard from all the grinding. Would you recommend a splint? I have been suffering.

I have arthritis in my jaw as well as tmj. I already have a night guard from all the grinding. Would you recommend a splint? I have been suffering.

TMJoint: I highly recommend that you research a dentist in your area that has extensive training ; experience in treating patients with tmd\tmj ; gets referrals from other dentists in the area for severe cases. They are few ; far between. Most dentists merely make night guards with little knowledge of cause. This requires comprehensive evaluation ; multiple treatment modalities. Try: https://www.Aacfp.Org/. ...Read more

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TMJ, forgot to wear my night guard. Woke up with headache, and painful swollen lymph node behind ear. Related to TMJ or is it all seperate?

TMJ, forgot to wear my night guard.  Woke up with headache,  and painful swollen lymph node behind ear.  Related to TMJ or is it all seperate?

Pain/swelling: May be 2separate issues. Swollen node behind ear may not be associated with TMJ. Wear your splint as much as possible, take OTC pain meds. If not getting better in 12-24 hours, call the Dentist who made the splint. ...Read more

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Ent and audiologist say ears are fine but i can't clear them when i fly. Worse on descent. Ent says tmj. Can TMJ cause ears to block when flying?

Ent and audiologist say ears are fine but i can't clear them when i fly. Worse on descent. Ent says tmj. Can TMJ cause ears to block when flying?

Unlikely TMJ: Ear symptoms can occur with TMJ problems, but the blocked ears with flying is eustachan tube dysfunction. Get another ENT opinion. ...Read more

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If TMJ is cause of major ear pain (worse when weather changes), ENT says ear is normal, what is course of action? Custom mouth guard? Massage therapy?

If TMJ is cause of major ear pain (worse when weather changes), ENT says ear is normal, what is course of action? Custom mouth guard? Massage therapy?

See your dentist: Have your dentist evaluate or refer you to an oral surgeon that can better assess the area and come up with a treatment modality that just does not mask the symptoms. Once the proper diagnosis is attained, a nightguard may be the correct therapy, a series of visits with an physical therapist, or other treatments may be indicated based upon clinical and radiographic interpretation. ...Read more

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Which symptom of TMJ should I be most concerned about?

Which symptom of TMJ should I be most concerned about?

Symptom of TMJ: I think the most common symptom is pain. You could have pain in your joints, your facial muscles, in your teeth. If the muscles get too tight you might have problems opening your mouth. In my opinion any time you have pain you should be concerned. ...Read more

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Is the inability to complete a yawn a symptom of TMJ disorder?

Is the inability to complete a yawn a symptom of TMJ disorder?

Possibly: If you can't complete a yawn because you cannot open wide, that can be a symptom of a TMj disorder. ...Read more

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Is it common to experience facial tingliness as a symptom of tmj/tmd?

Is it common to experience facial tingliness as a symptom of tmj/tmd?

Not necessarily: Normally not, but the possibility does exist if there is an imbalance of the teeth, muscles and/or the jaw joints. There is an ailment called trigeminal neuralgia that can also exhibit some of these symptoms and is usually limited to one side of the face. ...Read more

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