It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint Message Board

Pros and cons of upper or lower night splints

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-15-2009, 07:03 AM   #1
Jill 227
Senior Veteran
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Illinois
Posts: 735
Jill 227 HB UserJill 227 HB UserJill 227 HB UserJill 227 HB UserJill 227 HB UserJill 227 HB User
Question Pros and cons of upper or lower night splints

Hi all--can you tell me what kind of night splints you wear? Are they upper splints, or lower? Also, how are they constructed? Are all the teeth in contact, or are some left not touching. (I thought this leads to your teeth errupting ..sp) What are the pros and cons of wearing an upper vs. a lower?
Thanks---I've heard different opinions on this topic, and I don't want to get anything that's going to shift my teeth in any way.

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 06-15-2009, 12:24 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: down under
Posts: 270
nessie01 HB User
Re: Pros and cons of upper or lower night splints

hi ihave just got a standard arcylic type splint from my dentist it first covered all of my teeth and bu he has now adjusted it and it covers the front teeth and four around each back teeth cannot touch each other when its it...
not sure whats best sorry i have had mine for two weeks and its helpin as im a chronic clencher

Old 06-18-2009, 07:22 AM   #3
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 9
Merricat HB User
Re: Pros and cons of upper or lower night splints

I have an upper acrylic guard that I got from my dentist for about $450. It covers all of my teeth. One side of my teeth do not touch, but I have an open bite, so it isn't the mouth guard's fault. I have been wearing it for about a year and have recently experienced the onset of several painful TMD symptoms. I have no idea if the two are related, but it might be something to keep in mind, There are so many varying opinions about bite guards, I know it gets very tricky if/when you decide to finally get one!

Old 08-07-2009, 05:41 PM   #4
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 56
tj707 HB User
Re: Pros and cons of upper or lower night splints

I have an upper splint. It covers all of my upper teeth. I think an upper splint is probably better than a lower splint, because that's the one the prosthodontists think to make first. I have never heard of a lower splint, and I don't know why they would make one. I also think an upper splint would be better, because when we sleep, we tend to open our mouths and close them again. The lower jaw moves while the upper jaw remains still. I think it would be less noticeable and more comfortable if the splint were on the top than on the bottom.

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Finally, I'm in my splints! nell670 Bone Disorders 140 01-18-2012 11:58 PM
Upper or Lower splint therapy. what works? Jill 227 TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 1 05-29-2009 02:43 PM
TRT - Pros and Cons of various forms (Gel, Patch, Injections) seth64 Men's Health 21 03-06-2008 03:48 PM
24/7 upper and lower splints... Can anyone tell me how they affect your life?? gindarling TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 13 06-05-2006 02:25 PM
Late Bloomers--Pros an Cons of Starting a Family in your 30s SophiaM Relationship Health 84 08-09-2004 06:01 PM
What's the difference between upper and lower bite splints? A cause of open bites? MSUGuy02 TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 4 06-14-2004 06:56 AM
upper or lower appliance? mam TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 8 03-19-2004 11:00 AM
Upper & Lower splints-different contact patterns ? J-man TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 3 02-27-2004 09:50 PM
Any successes w/lower splints vs upper splints? Caro7 TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 13 05-10-2003 06:14 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:17 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!