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Does TMJ get worse at night?

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In brief: Triggers

Tmd, dysfunction of the tm j(oint), may flare during our dormant stage.
It may be due to sleeping position, a teeth grinding habit, or a teeth clenching habit, to name some common triggers.

In brief: Triggers

Tmd, dysfunction of the tm j(oint), may flare during our dormant stage.
It may be due to sleeping position, a teeth grinding habit, or a teeth clenching habit, to name some common triggers.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: It can

Especially if you clench or grind your teeth.
Please speak to your Dentist. An Occlusal Orthotic (night guard) may be in order. If you have a malocclusion, consultation with an Orthodontic Specialist may be in order.

In brief: It can

Especially if you clench or grind your teeth.
Please speak to your Dentist. An Occlusal Orthotic (night guard) may be in order. If you have a malocclusion, consultation with an Orthodontic Specialist may be in order.
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes maybe

Great answer, i know.
What i mean is some people who have TMJ do better at night because they are not using their jaw, as during the day. Somewhat like staying off of a sprained ankle. But during sleep, the jaw position changes with sleep position, grinding may occur and the symptoms most definitely can allow for a terrible morning. A mouthpiece would be indicated if one awakes with more pain.

In brief: Yes maybe

Great answer, i know.
What i mean is some people who have TMJ do better at night because they are not using their jaw, as during the day. Somewhat like staying off of a sprained ankle. But during sleep, the jaw position changes with sleep position, grinding may occur and the symptoms most definitely can allow for a terrible morning. A mouthpiece would be indicated if one awakes with more pain.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

When associated with nighttime grinding or clenching, TMJ symptoms can certainly worsen at night.
Often, sufferers complain of tightness of the jaw muscles in the morning. Yet, many be suffer all day long as well.

In brief: Sometimes

When associated with nighttime grinding or clenching, TMJ symptoms can certainly worsen at night.
Often, sufferers complain of tightness of the jaw muscles in the morning. Yet, many be suffer all day long as well.
Dr. Gary Lederman
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, it is possible

TMJ pain is often worse at night or early in the morning.
If concerned, see your dentist or orthodontist for evaluation.

In brief: Yes, it is possible

TMJ pain is often worse at night or early in the morning.
If concerned, see your dentist or orthodontist for evaluation.
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Dr. Robert Knox
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: TMJ at Night

Tmj is really about alteration of the bite during sleep or nighttime teeth grinding or clenching.
Tmj pain is really not about a problem in the joint, but usually of the muscles around the joints. See your dentist for an exam.

In brief: TMJ at Night

Tmj is really about alteration of the bite during sleep or nighttime teeth grinding or clenching.
Tmj pain is really not about a problem in the joint, but usually of the muscles around the joints. See your dentist for an exam.
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Somtimes

TMJ symptoms that get worse at night are usually related to nocturnal clenching and grinding of the teeth.

In brief: Somtimes

TMJ symptoms that get worse at night are usually related to nocturnal clenching and grinding of the teeth.
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1 comment
Dr. Stuart Rosan
TMJ can be worse at night due to grinding. Actually many patients with TMJ , the cause is usually stress related .During day a person is usually busy and being distracted , but , at night time, your mind is not being distracted which leads to many people obsessing about events that happened or will happen . This will cause many to have stress related physical disorders such as TMJ.
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