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    Old 01-09-2017, 08:38 AM   #1
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    do mouth guards really work for TMJ?

    Ive been given a mouth guard on my last visit to the Oral & maxillofacial specialists. Ive tried wearing it at night for about 1 month and it hasn't worked for me at all. Has anyone actually had success with these and if so how long did you need to wear it for? I find it fairly uncomfortable to wear.

    Also, im confused at how a mouth guard is meant to help TMJ patients. Surely this only reduces the wearing of the teeth in the case of Bruxism.

     
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    Old 01-09-2017, 09:04 AM   #2
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    Re: do mouth guards really work for TMJ?

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    Ive been given a mouth guard on my last visit to the Oral & maxillofacial specialists. Ive tried wearing it at night for about 1 month and it hasn't worked for me at all. Has anyone actually had success with these and if so how long did you need to wear it for? I find it fairly uncomfortable to wear.

    Also, im confused at how a mouth guard is meant to help TMJ patients. Surely this only reduces the wearing of the teeth in the case of Bruxism.

    Hello,

    There are different types of dental appliances. When you say mouth guard, it leads to believe it's a bite guard which is designed to protect the teeth from wear, and according to the specialist who made mine, create a slippery surface between the upper and lower teeth so they can slide around when you try to grind.

    Overall I can say I have made progress with mine over many months. It does not happen overnight. But, the good news is if you were grinding you have stopped damage from occurring, and if have muscular / tension issues a bite guard can also help that.

    I really can't speak about whether or not it will help joint problems.

    Best of luck to you.

     
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    Old 02-18-2017, 01:07 AM   #3
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    Re: do mouth guards really work for TMJ?

    I've tried numerous bite plates and the kind you're describing did NOT work for me. I ended up getting one that's similar to the type of mouthpieces athetes where, the ones that keep your mouth locked in place, and that was much more helpful. My dentist never thought to recommend that type which was infuriating because she knew I wasn't having luck with others. Definitely bring it up to your dentist incase they haven't thought of it. It's much more effective.

    Good luck!

     
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    Re: do mouth guards really work for TMJ?

    There are many different types of splints. There are also many different levels of expertise in dentist training with regards to TMJD treatment.

    I have had several guards/splints over the years. When I actually found a great TMJ specialist, I found out the guard I had worn for years had actually contributed to my problems. I did wear a lower mandibular repositioning splint for over a year. That plus tons of PT for myofacial pain, cervicalgia, oral trigger point work, and manual therapy really did help.

    After years of research and treatment, I found it really requires treatment of the bite (your splint) and physical work in relaxing the oral and neck muscles from spasm in order to really see a difference. With the splint only, your muscles could still be fighting against the treatment.
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