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Old 03-08-2004, 11:59 AM   #1
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Dental Guard???

I have a problem with my jawing cracking when I open it. Kinda of like when you crack your knuckles. The problem started a few years ago when I wore braces. The orthodontist had me wear a rubberband for awhile to realign my jaw. As soon as I told him that my jaw began cracking he had me stop wearing it, however it never went away.

Recently I asked my dentist if there was anything I could do. I told her that the cracking wasn't painful, just a real annoyance. She told me to se a dental guard. My insurance will not cover the guard so since it is $180 I want to make sure that it is what I need.

When I looked online for information on the dental guard the description said that it was for grinding teeth. The site did say that a cracking jaw was a symptom for grinding teeth. I do not, however, grind my teeth. Is the dental guard really what I need?

 
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Old 03-08-2004, 02:01 PM   #2
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Re: Dental Guard???

Hi,

Check out the TMJ board they have lots of expirence with Splints and Mouth guards. I think that you should find out if you have TMJ first then see if you will need a Splint or a mouth guard. You do not want to make more problems then you already have because you use the wrond mouth guard.

Good luck,

Michele



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I have a problem with my jawing cracking when I open it. Kinda of like when you crack your knuckles. The problem started a few years ago when I wore braces. The orthodontist had me wear a rubberband for awhile to realign my jaw. As soon as I told him that my jaw began cracking he had me stop wearing it, however it never went away.

Recently I asked my dentist if there was anything I could do. I told her that the cracking wasn't painful, just a real annoyance. She told me to se a dental guard. My insurance will not cover the guard so since it is $180 I want to make sure that it is what I need.

When I looked online for information on the dental guard the description said that it was for grinding teeth. The site did say that a cracking jaw was a symptom for grinding teeth. I do not, however, grind my teeth. Is the dental guard really what I need?

 
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