Horrible teeth grinding at night, broke my mouth guard. What can I do to prevent this?

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.

Related Questions

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

Not usually. Normally they are made so they are comfortable. See with your dentist and have the nightguard modified. Read more...
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. Read more...
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...

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...

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

Btw...it's BRUXISM.. The mouth guard doesn't stop bruxism but only eliminates the harmful effects (tooth wear)...Relieving the cause (most often stress) is the answer. Read more...
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...
Psychotherapy. Mouthguard is the only real method of protecting the teeth. There are many kinds. See a prosthodontist fer evaluation and for options. Perhaps psychotherapy to address the underlying cause of the clenching / grinding (usually stress) would be appropriate for you. Good luck. Read more...
Medications. There are also some medications that will help patients to stop the cycle of bruxing and clenching in their sleep. Low dose anti-depressants are usually good for this. Also, behavioral modification therapy can break the habit of clenching and bruxing. Read more...
Good question! We really don't understand fully what causes bruxism. Stress and sleep disorders seem to be the two most likely factors, but no one really knows for sure. Therefore stress reduction techniques and a sleep study may be helpful. Medications may help, although i personally would rather wear a night guard to prevent destruction to TMJ and teeth than taking medications to possibly reduce it. Read more...