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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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I've had jaw pain on the right side right below my ear whenever I open my mouth wide, not when I clench my teeth. It's getting more painful what is it?

I've had jaw pain on the right side right below my ear whenever I open my mouth wide, not when I clench my teeth. It's getting more painful what is it?

TMJ????: It is possible that the disc of the temperomandibular joint (tmj)is dislocated and causing you pain which would occur in mouth opening. Find a good fellow trained TMJ specialist in your area. ...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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I bought a mouth guard. My jaw pain is gone but I have noticed my bite has changed. If I stop wearing the guard, will my bite return to normal?

 I bought a mouth guard. My jaw pain is gone but I have noticed my bite has changed. If I stop wearing the guard, will my bite return to normal?

Possibly: Can't really tell how exactly your bite has changed or by how much. Store bought appliances although cheap, do not perform like a professionally fabricated night guard. See a local dentist for help with both your bruxism and your bite. ...Read more

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Is it normal for the upper and lower teeth not to touch while mouth is closed unless it is opened to eat? I had undergone bite adjustment due to teeth/jaw pain and my teeth are not touching now.

Is it normal for the upper and lower teeth not to touch while mouth is closed unless it is opened to eat? I had undergone bite adjustment due to teeth/jaw pain and my teeth are not touching now.

Yes : Upper and lower teeth should not be touching each other at all when relaxed. If they were before the adjustment then expect any tmj/tooth symptoms to improve from this point forward. ...Read more

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Could the jaw pain when opening mouth be related to my wisdom teeth coming in?

Yes: At the age of 51, having wisdom teeth beginning to erupt into the mouth is not a common finding, although not impossible. Jaw pain with opening can be due to a number of different causes. A thorough clinical evaluation and diagnostic x-rays would be recommended to properly diagnose your problem in order to provide any indicated treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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Jaw pain, pressure on roof of mouth, is it my wisdom teeth or smomething else?

Jaw pain, pressure on roof of mouth, is it my wisdom teeth or smomething else?

Needs to be seen: You would have to be personally seen and evaluated in order to determine the cause of your dental symptoms. That's something we can't do over the internet. ...Read more

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Jaw pain or problems opening my mouth after wisdom teeth surgery, is normal? And how can I adjust it?

Jaw pain or problems opening my mouth after wisdom teeth surgery, is normal? And how can I adjust it?

Its the swelling: After a tooth is extracted the area swells. Bone is living tissue so it does swell and because of that edema [fancy ten dollar doctor word for swelling] it is harder to open the jaw. It will resolve usually four to five days after the procedure. Ice and anti inflammatory agents are the best solution. ...Read more

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Hi last nite throbbing jaw pain at the jawline. It was only on one side and the test of mouth didn't hurt. Could it be my teeth our some thing else?

Teeth a concern: Diffuse jaw pain can have several reasons, teeth are one of the more common ones, especially impacted teeth(under the gums). The gums surrounding the teeth can be painful. The jaw joint, tmj, can be a reason for pain, higher on the suspicion meter if you note popping with opening your jaw. The salivary glands, submandibular, can be an etiology for posterior jaw pain. See your dentist for an exam. ...Read more

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Terrible teeth and jaw pain after using 10 mg ambien (zolpidem) for 3 days plus really dry mouth?

Terrible teeth and jaw pain after using 10 mg ambien (zolpidem) for 3 days plus really dry mouth?

TMJ dysfunction : When your jaw joints are misaligned or not working properly, the resulting pain and discomfort can extend far past your jaw pain. See a dentist or TMJ specialist for examination, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Jaw Pain (Definition)

Jaw pain is pain in the upper and lower jaws including the tmj. There are many causes of jaw pain and your dentist usually ...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