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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not really: Grinding at night (aka nocturnal bruxism) can be related to sleep disorders, medications, stress, infection and other conditions. Night guards do not "stop" grinding. Instead, they are used to limit the damage to the teeth and tm joints caused by the grinding. A properly fitted, well-made night guard will not interfere with breathing, swallowing, sleeping and, to some extent, speech. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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