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Would a football mouth guard help with jaw clenching at night?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Stoner
Dentistry - Orthodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Probably not

But it would prevent damage from grinding.
Talk to your dentist if you are clenching. A custom made full coverage splint is best. Partial coverage splints create problems.

In brief: Probably not

But it would prevent damage from grinding.
Talk to your dentist if you are clenching. A custom made full coverage splint is best. Partial coverage splints create problems.
Dr. Robert Stoner
Dr. Robert Stoner
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely

Possible but unlikely.
You can try it. No harm done. With such an ill fitting apparatus, may would clench more. Consider a custom device by your dentist. Clenching can lead to TMJ (jaw joint) problems.

In brief: Unlikely

Possible but unlikely.
You can try it. No harm done. With such an ill fitting apparatus, may would clench more. Consider a custom device by your dentist. Clenching can lead to TMJ (jaw joint) problems.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Dennis Sigman
It may provide temporary relief but an occlusal guard that was perhaps a custom guard may provide a more permanent solution.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Avoid soft

It can stimulate an increase the jaw clenching at night.
Hard acrylic custom night guard for teeth grinding: professionally made is recommended.

In brief: Avoid soft

It can stimulate an increase the jaw clenching at night.
Hard acrylic custom night guard for teeth grinding: professionally made is recommended.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Stuart Hoffman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

A soft type athletic mouthguard can be used to lessen the affects of clenching at night.
However, i prefer a different type of mouth guard/occlusal guard to protect the teeth/jaw for a clenching habit.

In brief: Maybe

A soft type athletic mouthguard can be used to lessen the affects of clenching at night.
However, i prefer a different type of mouth guard/occlusal guard to protect the teeth/jaw for a clenching habit.
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
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Dr. John Thaler ii
Dentistry - Prosthodontics

In brief: Depends

If it is a custom made upper only (made by your Dentist), then it may help by cushioning the clenching.
However if any other kind, it may make things worse. See your Dentist for a custom occlusal guard and possible restoration of any worn tooth edges and possible bite adjustment. Good Luck.

In brief: Depends

If it is a custom made upper only (made by your Dentist), then it may help by cushioning the clenching.
However if any other kind, it may make things worse. See your Dentist for a custom occlusal guard and possible restoration of any worn tooth edges and possible bite adjustment. Good Luck.
Dr. John Thaler ii
Dr. John Thaler ii
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