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Old 04-18-2010, 09:00 PM   #1
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I have had TMJ challenges for many years and have done the entire 5 year orthodontic program and now my teeth have proper occlusion. Yay! My jaw disk does become displaced from time to time and causes severe pain. My dentist always tells me to wear the night guard that was made for me. However, ever since I've had the night guard, it causes jaw pain and disk displacement (only on the right side). The first one I got last summer, finally after 5 months of very painful jaw agony, the dentist got rid of it and said that it was 'rocking' and that was causing the jaw pain. The second one was 'rocking' right away and now I have a third one. After 6 months of no night guard and no pain, one week after getting the third new night guard, I am back to terrible jaw and face pain. I can't understand why this night guard that is supposed to help is what seems to be causing me so much pain.

Does any one have any ideas? I cannot keep listening to my dentist and wearing this night guard that seems to be only causing me pain. HELP!!!

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Old 04-18-2010, 09:38 PM   #2
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Re: Dental Hard Night Guard

What type of hard night guard are you using/

I wore a hard upper guard for 9 years. Just found out recently that it was causing my lower jaw to move back and making my TMJ worse. Boy was I frustrated. I payed a lot for the guard from my dentist and the first TMJ dentist I went to just made adjustments to it. He didn't say anything about how it fit with my lower jaw.

I'm going to be getting a modified NTI type devise that fits over my lower teeth. It will have a fitting over my entire bottom set of teeth with a raised portion in the front to keep my jaw in the right place yet still allowing for my severe bruxing.

Old 04-19-2010, 07:09 AM   #3
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Re: Dental Hard Night Guard

Hi Joy,
Was your orthodontist a Functional Jaw orthodontist and tmj specialist? If you have been through all the ortho and splint therapy, and still are having signs of tmj, your jaw may not be in the correct position. Also, if the nightguard is causing disk displacement, I would get a second opinion for sure. A nightguard should never cause pain and clicking. If you do want a good second opinion on your case, look up neuromuscular dentists in your area, and make sure that they practice Functional Jaw Orthodonics as well. They fully understand the muscle/jaw/teeth relationship and how they all work in harmony with each other....good luck, J.

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