Originally Posted by dizzynotblonde
Before I agree to this, I'd like to understand WHY it works, and so far no one's been able to explain that to me. If I clench my teeth at night, the only thing I can see is that w/ the splint tooth will meet plastic instead of tooth. I'll still be clenching my jaw. What is it I'm not seeing?
Bite splints like the ones you see at the store DON'T work because they are not fitted to YOUR teeth. There is still touching, still straining. Frankly I see no point to them.
For the splint i have currently, made by a specialist, that is working is doing it's job which is to realign the teeth. TMJ is caused by a tooth gearing problem, wear and tear, etc. My jaw was knocked out of alignment so my teeth did not fit together properly thus making the muscles in my head compensate for the new position. It created spasms and all the symptoms I had in the past and still today.
What makes you grind your teeth is stress from them both not fitting in the first place and daily issues. I have two splints: one for night and one for day. The day one I wear starts to move my teeth where they should be however when you "close" your mouth the lips should touch but the teeth should not.
Now the night splint is a device that as a large acrylic piece in the front and no matter how hard i try my back teeth or any others will not meet. I may elect to use the night one for the rest of my life which is not a problem for me to keep feeling relief.
TMJ is very complicated and can make several muscles not work properly and you may have some degree of it for the rest of your life. There is not information known by dentists and orthodontics to treat this condition and you really need to seek out a professional who can x-ray you head, bite, teeth, etc and see what is really causing the problem.
I've been dealing with this for years and I have found that the best way to get better is to educate yourself. If you want you can message me I can give you more of my experience and hopefully help you find someone in your area. I've had this for over three years and I'm almost 25. I don't want to lose anymore of my life to pain.