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    Old 10-05-2003, 07:59 AM   #1
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    Question Ortho Suggests Wearing Athletic Mouthguard Overnight in Interim - Good Idea?


    Thank you so much for responding to my previous posts. I'm learning a lot here.

    An orthodontist I recently saw suggested that I buy an athletic mouthguard, and try wearing that overnight until I can get fitted for a TMJ splint. I am a clencher/grinder at night.

    Has anyone tried this, and is it safe? I trust you all more than the doctors these days.



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    Old 10-05-2003, 08:40 AM   #2
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    Hello Looney -
    Looney, a perio gave me a mouthguard back in March, before they knew I had TMD. The reason it took 13 dentists to find out what was wrong with me was because I had no clicking or popping in my TMJ's. After wearing the mouthguard for about a month or so, I started having terrible clicking and popping. There are others on the board as well that experienced the samething.

    Old 10-05-2003, 08:52 AM   #3
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    do you mean the type of guard from a drug store? i'd suggest waiting until you get something custom-fit. i've heard a lot of stories of people getting worse from those types of splints.

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    Old 10-06-2003, 10:10 PM   #4
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    My orthodontist had me wear a night guard like the one you're talking about. When I had the thing in my mouth at night, I bit down on it. My TMJ symptoms got worse with that type of guard.

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    Just another thought. If you try it, you'll know after one night if it is helping or if you are clenching down on it by the way your teeth and face feel in the morning.
    The orthodontists seem to subscribe to the idea that TMJ is due to the bite being off - sometimes that is the cause, sometimes it isn't. So often orthodontists' suggestions for treatment are based on the belief that the bite is causing the TMJ problems.
    My TMJ came as a side effect of the orthodontict treatment - it just set something off in my mouth. This is not something the orthodontist wanted to admit, so he kept trying to tell me that it was the bite, or that I was hitting the bracket, etc., and thinking up ways of treat those supposed problems - none of which help.
    Please let us know what you decide on (night guard or not) and how you are feeling.

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