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.
All of them. Mouth guards are made from materials deemed to be safe by the Food & Drug Administration and the American Dental Association. Please see your Dentist for care. Avoid ineffective non-regulated OTC products.
Not usually. Normally they are made so they are comfortable. See with your dentist and have the nightguard modified.
Night Guards. No patient has ever told me that wearing one of my night guards hurt. Most find it helpful and without it their problems returned so they are committed to using it. A few over the years have stopped wearing it only because they were not in acute pain and found it a nuisance or forgot to use it every night.
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.
It might. These mouth guards may be a tad harder than the prescribed ones tho.
Football Mouthguard? They can work in dire circumstances of pronounced muscle pain, and then only for a few days. Generally, they actually make jaw and TMJ pain worse.
For teeth only. While more inexpensive, the sports guard will protect the teeth, but it has been shown that these appliances may actually induce more instances of clenching and grinding. You are much better off having an appliance fabricated and adjusted to your bite vs. A one size fits all approach.
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.
No. You will need a specific mouthguard to address your grinding that a dentist or orthodontist can provide.
No! A football or other athletic mouth guard is designed to cushion the shock of a block or tackle. It does not let the jaws move freely. It is possible that wearing such a mouth guard will make your jaws hurt because your muscles are fighting to move. A qualified TMJ dentist will make a night splint for you that will make you feel better.
Dentist. If you are using a mouth guard and still having problems see your dentist.
New guard. I would return to your dentist and have a new one fabricated. Most guards should last for about 5-7 years before needing replacement. Therefore, if adjusted properly, it should last you quite a long time. There are many reasons why you may grind your teeth, but the appliance you have will be the best way to protect from the adverse consequences of doing so.
Probably not. Teeth gringing at night is not a conscious event therefore it is almost impossible to stop somthing you dod nto konw you are doing. If you grind and are causing damge to your teeth or jaw it is best to wear a guard. Even the guard does not stp the grinding but only prevents damage to the teeth or jaw muscles.
Not usually. Grinding is typically a habit that is subconsciously done by patients. We all do it, whether we know it or not. I have been wearing a mouth guard device for many years, and very glad that I do. It has saved me from cracking and breaking my teeth. You may want to look into your dentist making one for you as well.
Bruxism. Grinding, or bruxing can be part of a sleep disorder or sleep apnea. You are not aware of grinding and you cannot stop it. Talk to your dentist.
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.
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.
Orthopedic Dentist. The cause of grinding is rarely correctly treated. Most dentist make a bite appliance for you to wear to keep from grinding away the teeth. This is only treating the symptom and not the cause. The usual cause is the roof of your mouth (palate) is too narrow in comparison to the lower jaw. The muscles not finding their home position keep searching = bruxism results.
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.
Yes, initially. Initially, when using a mouth guard, you may unconsciously continue to grind your teeth (bruxism). The mouth guard itself doesn't cause the jaw pain. The bruxism does because in the process of grinding, you put strain on your mandibular joint and the surrounding muscles. However, the mouth guard may make it more pronounced since you may grind more putting more strain on the jaw - temporarily.
Mouth guard. A well fitted professional mouth guard won't cause pain. A poorly fitted (either at home or an average job in a dental office) can cause pain. Many guards require a follow up visit for minor adjusting of the bite or the fit.
It can. Depends on the type of mouthpiece- hard or soft, upper or lower. If you have never had jaw pain before, even though you have been grinding, I would go back to the dentist who made the mg. Now, if it is stare bough (otc,) get rid of it and see a specialist who can hopefully stop the grinding and not contribute to additional symptoms.
Mouth Guards & Grind. Mouth guards are to protect your teeth and oral area from sports related injuries. If you feel you are grinding your teeth you really need a dentist to work with to get you a custom appliance that is used to reduce the amount of grinding. The more custom the fit the better for you. Store bought ones 'might" work but not as good a custom one.
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.
It could. A mouth guard is designed to protect teeth during contact sports. Custom made well designed and adjusted mouth guards are far superior to OTC appliances, and are less likely to cause joint distress. Night Guards (Occlusal Orthotic) provide symptomatic relief for joint dysfunction caused by grinding/clenching/malocclusion/trauma, and should relieve joint distress.
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?
No. Night guards do not prevent grinding, but balance the bite so that the pressure is more equally distributed. It is impossible for a store bought mouth guard to equilabrate your your bite. The best that you can hope for is a physical barrier between your teeth. As far as preventing tmj, I would ask you to visit a pankey or dawson post graduate bite trained dentist.
Mouthguard. There is a drug store guard that is better than nothing- it won't help for TMJ concerns and you will grind through it quickly and then have to spend more for another one.
Yes. Just get one of those mouth guards u buy for athletes. Boil it to soften the mouth guard n without burning yourself place it into your mouth n gently bite into it. Cool it in cold water n you're all set. It's not perfect but will help n save u money.
Complex. As you can see from the other answers, this isn't a simple question. Sometimes the otc guards can be very helpful but often they can make matters worse. I use them in a diagnostic process to try to get people out of pain but very often they aren't a long term solution. Get evaluated by a tmd-aware dentist and ask a lot of questions to get to the bottom of your particular situation.
Immediate relief. Might be attained with using an otc boil and bite device, but long term problems may still present. Diagnosis of the etiology is essential to know how to properly treat and that comes from visiting your dentist who is hopefully proficient at evaluating and treating TMJ / myofacial pain disorders. Also consider an evaluation by your orthodontist to make sure your occlusion is aligned properly.
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.
Depends. There are many types of mouthguards for grinding and clenching. Over the counter ones actually may be too thick and throw the muscles into more spasms. Dentists can make custom made, well fitting mouthguards, either upper or lower (i like the lower ones.) the guards can be made of soft plastic or hard acrylic...Depends on severity of grinding. For daytime clenching, other types are indicated.
Not great idea. Not likely. Consistent grinders will grind through it quickly. Hard to fit properly. May make you grind worse. Much better - see 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.
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?
Night guard. See the dentist that made the night guard for follow up. The night guard may need to be adjusted or there is something else going on that needs to be evaluated. Is your dentist experienced in treating TMJ problems? You need to see a dentist well trained in TMJ.
See dentist. What was the evaluation process prior to the fabrication of the nightguard? Was the fit and integrity of the nightguard verified? Did an oral surgeon or dentist that is experienced in TMJ issues, do a workup inclusive of condyle shots? These are all questions that need to be answered to address your issues.
Bruxism. Treating bruxism often involves different treatment modalities. For a vast majority of patients, the nightguard makes a world of difference. For others, further evaluation is necessary. Have an oral surgeon evaluate your joints if having the dentist adjust your guard does not help the situation. All the best...
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.
May be. May be the wrong type of splint for your problem. May need a series of adjustments. May be your occlusion is not the cause of your joint dysfunction. Would recommend that you consult with both an Orthodontist and an Oral Surgeon (make sure they works a team) to find the cause of your dysfunction and then recommend the best treatment. Start w Dr Peter Pfaffenbach in Schenectady.
Where did you get it. Did you get the nightguard online or from a TV ad? If so then throw it away. The way nightguards work, as the joint and muscles heal, the dentist must keep adjusting the nightguard The original settings and shape are only good for a week or two. You must keep seeing the dentist till your bite stabilizes. If a dentist made this then go see him/her. If not start over.