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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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I got a night time mouth guard for teeth grinding & jaw locking. Now my jaw is 10x worse & misaligned. Should I stop wearing it? What elsecan I do to?

I got a night time mouth guard for teeth grinding & jaw locking. Now my jaw is 10x worse & misaligned. Should I stop wearing it? What elsecan I do to?

Diagnosis is key: Orofacial Pain specialists are dedicated exclusively to the treatment of orofacial pain, TMJ pain, jaw pain, facial pain, bruxism and TMJ disorders. Find a doctor close to where you live or work. Early diagnosis is key to better outcomes. ...Read more

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Jaw ache causes? Besides teeth grinding 

Jaw ache causes? Besides teeth grinding 

Many: Including Hx of trauma, malocclusion, parafunctional habits, infection, reaction to medication, systemic disorder, stress, referred pain, and many other possibilities. See your Dentist for diagnosis and treatment or referral. ...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 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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Can wearing a night/ mouth guard to prevent teeth grinding hurt?

Can wearing a night/ mouth guard to prevent teeth grinding hurt?

Possibly: Night guards and mouth guards are different non-interchangeable appliances requiring custom fabrication and proper adjustment to prevent untoward damage. Please seek care from your Dentist. This isn't a DIY project. ...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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Is there any home remedy for teeth grinding besides a mouth guard?

Is there any home remedy for teeth grinding besides a mouth guard?

Relaxation: Often, teeth grinding is a subconscious release of daily tension/stress. If you can reduce your stress and especially before bedtime (like: do not watch tv news before going to sleep). Try to either watch a comedy on tv or read something light (not work related) and see if this helps. Some are helped by exercise or yoga. ...Read more

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Will invisalign retainers work the same as a mouth guard for teeth grinding at night?

Will invisalign retainers work the same as a mouth guard for teeth grinding at night?

No: A properly fitted mouth guard for clenching/grinding purposes will be fitted to your bite and problem associated with your teeth grinding habit. Invisalign retainers are much thinner and do not take into consideration the way your teeth come together when they are in so could actually make a person who suffers from clenching/grinding, clench/grind more when wearing at night and grind through them. ...Read more

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Is there a lower cost, long term over-the-counter mouth guard that can be worn at night to prevent teeth grinding? Would it prevent future TMJ issues?

Is there a lower cost, long term over-the-counter mouth guard that can be worn at night to prevent teeth grinding? Would it prevent future TMJ issues?

Night guards: Night guards do not prevent grinding. Basically they protect teeth from being damaged.
Over the counter mouthguards are too thick and not bite-balanced, so they can increase grinding, clenching, and TMJ dysfunction.
A custom made nightguard can help with TMJ from grinding, but not from clenching.
Talk to your dentist, or if possible, seek treatment at a dental school. ...Read more

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How can buxim (teeth grinding, biting, & clenching) at night be helped without the use of a mouth guard? (sensory issues... Guard would prevent sleep)

How can buxim (teeth grinding, biting, & clenching) at night be helped without the use of a mouth guard? (sensory issues... Guard would prevent sleep)

Possibly: There are a number of possible causes for bruxism as well as different modalities of treatment that may or may not involve a mouth guard. You need to have a thorough dental exam with the appropriate studies to determine possible causes of your bruxism. If you do require an appliance there are different types of appliances that can be utilized that may allow you to sleep comfortably. ...Read more

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Could someone accidentally swallow a "boil & fit" teeth grinding mouth guard?

Could someone accidentally swallow a "boil & fit" teeth grinding mouth guard?

I doubt it: If you are talking about the ones that cover your entire upper arch, then that's pretty impossible. However, there are some versions out there that are very small and only cover a few teeth. That, while remote, could be a possibility...But still pretty uncommon. ...Read more

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What's a non leeching mouth guard for grinding teeth?

What's 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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Why would my jaw be aching for the last 3 days? I haven't noticed my teeth grinding so what could the cause be?

Why would my jaw be aching for the last 3 days? I haven't noticed my teeth grinding so what could the cause be?

Myofascial pain?: Referred pain from the muscles of mastication or other sources, like wisdom teeth, gum infection, etc. If muscle, spray and stretch, deep massage, relaxation techniques will ameliorate the condition.
Rec. See your dentist for final diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does a night guard actually stop teeth grinding? My dentist recommended a night guard for my bruxism, but it's so expensive! Will it stop me from grinding my teeth and clenching my jaw? If not, why should I get one? .

Does a night guard actually stop teeth grinding? My dentist recommended a night guard for my bruxism, but it's so expensive! Will it stop me from grinding my teeth and clenching my jaw? If not, why should I get one? .

It is recommended: Night time clenching, may cause tooth wear, and even damage or break teeth. Currently, no therapy has been proven effective in treating sleep bruxism. See your dentist for night guard fabrication for teeth protection. Good luck. ...Read more

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Jaw is out of line because of teeth grinding. Will a night time teeth guard help my jaw re-align?

Jaw is out of line because of teeth grinding. Will a night time teeth guard help my jaw re-align?

Night guard: Is the most effective appliance for tmj. Intraoral occlusal appliance therapy may offer a noninvasive adjunctive method of managing teeth grinding. It is designed to provide a stable occlusal posture by creating contacts between the occlusal surface of the appliance and opposing teeth.
Rec.: see a dentist for thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Hi, I'm a guy I would like to know if chewing gum or teeth grinding could cause a square jaw and how long does it take 2 develop a square jaw 2tru dat?

Hi, I'm a guy I would like to know if chewing gum or teeth grinding could cause a square jaw and how long does it take 2 develop a square jaw 2tru dat?

Masseter hypertrophy: Clenching and grinding your teeth may increase size and appearance of masseter muscles and completely change facial appearance (square jaw). Botox is an excellent treatment option to soften, relax, and return facial shape to normal size. ...Read more

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What can cause upper jaw pain? I do have horrible teeth and I grind my teeth at night have anxiety Also its both sides in my upper took ibproufen and it didn't help

What can cause upper jaw pain? I do have horrible teeth and I grind my teeth at night have anxiety Also its both sides in my upper took ibproufen and it didn't help

See dentist first: Suggest you see a dentist ASAP. At age 19, third molar eruption or impaction is always a possibility. You state that the state of your dentition is poor, perhaps, caries or gingival issues is the problem in addition. Last but not least, sinus issues can mimic upper tooth pain. If this is the issue, you will be referred to an ENT. Try the most basic first and see the dentist. ...Read more

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Jaw pain is killing me! I can't relax it hardly ever and keep grinding my teeth bad. How can I make my jaw relax?

Jaw pain is killing me! I can't relax it hardly ever and keep grinding my teeth bad. How can I make my jaw relax?

Many causes: Someone may grind their teeth for a number of reasons. Often, the problem occurs because the muscles of the face and jaw are trying to get the teeth in a comfortable position. The muscles may be in spasm, you may have a tmj/tmd problem, stress, infection. Best to see a dentist asap. Often the cause is difficult to determine, so may have to treat the symptoms with a mouthpiece. ...Read more

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I don't have a teeth grinding problem. Do muscle aches in the jaw take a while to go away?

I don't have a teeth grinding problem. Do muscle aches in the jaw take a while to go away?

Other causes: Might be other causes for the muscle ache, like stress but also teeth are still the prime cause of facial pain. ...Read more

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Had a bite splint made for grinding teeth. After wearing it I now have popping noise in my jaw when I open. Should I stop bite splint or resolve time?

Had a bite splint made for grinding teeth. After wearing it I now have popping noise in my jaw when I open. Should I stop bite splint or resolve time?

May be TMJ: From incomplete closure of the mouth when asleep. Usually you will get adjusted to it. If the problem persists may need to change the splint or get it readjusted ...Read more

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Does Chewing Hard Food and Grinding Teeth alot make your Jaw Bigger and Stronger?

Does Chewing Hard Food and Grinding Teeth alot make your Jaw Bigger and Stronger?

Not good idea: Whether the overuse is chewing gum, biting pens, pencils, nails, chewing hard food, clenching or grinding of the teeth, these repetitive motions can injure the muscles, ligaments and tendons of your jaw and cause temporo-mandibular joint disorder. ...Read more

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I have pain in my jaw sometimes when I wake up, are there any treatments to help with teeth grinding?

I have pain in my jaw sometimes when I wake up, are there any treatments to help with teeth grinding?

Pain in jaw: See your dentist for an exam and diagnosis of the cause of your teeth grinding (bruxism). Bruxism is a habit usually caused by stress or a bad bite. It can cause teeth pain, fractured teeth, and TMJ pain.
A bite guard can help protect your teeth from damage and can often alleviate the jaw pain, but will not stop the bruxism.
Your dentist can make a diagnosis and recommend an appropriate treatment ...Read more

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Severe jaw pain on the right side of my face. It doesn't hurt my teeth or anything but right in front of my ear. My jaw will pop/ grind randomly also?

TMJ Dysfunction: The initial impression from the description of the location of your pain suggests a TMJ disorder. A thorough evaluation should be performed by your dentist to determine the origin and cause of your pain before any recommendations for treatment can be discussed. ...Read more

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I have chronic jaw pain. I was never told by my dentistthat I grind my teeth. For the past month now, the pain has increased even with aleve (naproxen). What should I do?

I have chronic jaw pain. I was never told by my dentistthat I grind my teeth. For the past month now, the pain has increased even with aleve (naproxen). What should I do?

See a specialist: Start with seeing your general dentist but you may need to see a prosthodontist (specialist) or a TMJ specialist (not an official specialty). Grinding and clenching is difficult to manage but in all likelihood you will need a custom mouthguard to relieve the pressure on your jaw joints and thereafter if the teeth are badly broken down, several crowns to reconstruct your bite. ...Read more

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Dull achey toothache. Last tooth on upper right side. Pain in jaw going up my temple and head. Wisdom teeth out have teeth grinding prob WorseInMorngs?

Dull achey toothache. Last tooth on upper right side. Pain in jaw going up my temple and head. Wisdom teeth out have teeth grinding prob WorseInMorngs?

See your dentist: Pain and aches around the posterior teeth could originate from the nerve of the back tooth. Soreness of the joint and the muscles (TMJ) and/or sinus problems can cause the pain as well. Consult your dentist ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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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