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Are TMJ splints and grinding guards the same?
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Different
Grinding guards, or night guards, try to give you something to grind on, to destroy plastic instead of tooth.
Problem is, the damage to muscles and joints is not eliminated and grinding can get worse. Splints try to reduce symptoms (pain). Some can even stop grinding.

In brief: Different
Grinding guards, or night guards, try to give you something to grind on, to destroy plastic instead of tooth.
Problem is, the damage to muscles and joints is not eliminated and grinding can get worse. Splints try to reduce symptoms (pain). Some can even stop grinding.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dr. Gary Lederman
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Dr. Jayang Vora
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Tmj splints has a specific purpose.
Grinding guard has its own purpose.

In brief: No
Tmj splints has a specific purpose.
Grinding guard has its own purpose.
Dr. Jayang Vora
Dr. Jayang Vora
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes and no
There are many types of splints and night guards.
Many are multipurpose. Make sure your doc is a true TMJ expert.

In brief: Yes and no
There are many types of splints and night guards.
Many are multipurpose. Make sure your doc is a true TMJ expert.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Manuel Sousa
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Basically yes
They are basically the same but the precision of a well made splint is what is important.

In brief: Basically yes
They are basically the same but the precision of a well made splint is what is important.
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Dr. Manuel Sousa
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
In brief: TMJ Mouth-guard
It's worn while you sleep to prevent tooth grinding and protecting your teeth.
Typical night guards are available in a wide variety of prices, shapes and colors. Custom-fit night guards are the best in treating TMJ dysfunction.

In brief: TMJ Mouth-guard
It's worn while you sleep to prevent tooth grinding and protecting your teeth.
Typical night guards are available in a wide variety of prices, shapes and colors. Custom-fit night guards are the best in treating TMJ dysfunction.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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In brief: Options
Do you also grind your teeth at night? Clenching occurs during the day.
A lot depends on the the history and diagnosis that you have received for your tmj/tmd. An oral mouthpiece may be indicated, but there are many types and often are constructed based upon diagnosis.

In brief: Options
Do you also grind your teeth at night? Clenching occurs during the day.
A lot depends on the the history and diagnosis that you have received for your tmj/tmd. An oral mouthpiece may be indicated, but there are many types and often are constructed based upon diagnosis.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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