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Old 12-17-2012, 06:15 AM   #1
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Nightguard or repositioning splint?

If your TMJ was caused by bruxism, there's a good chance that a good night guard will resolve the TMJ - is that correct?

What if the TMJD was caused primarily by malocclusion, does that mean one definitely needs a repositioning splint to correct the TMJD?

Just trying to get my head around the many different ways that TMJD is treated!

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Re: Nightguard or repositioning splint?

Basically, nightguards will protect your teeth from bruxism damage while you sleep. The repositioning splint will help with your TMJD symptoms more if you have TMJD problems.

It really depends on what you want to accomplish.

Malocclusion means your bite is off. That doesn't necessarily mean TMJD. A well trained Functional Orthodontist with experience with TMJ issues could give you some input on how best to approach both issues.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:01 AM   #3
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Re: Nightguard or repositioning splint?

This is a great question. I'd love to hear from anyone who'd share their stories about different splints and how they helped/hurt.

I myself over the last 15 years have tried numerous night-guards & repositional splints. Right now using I'm wearing a modified NTI whenever possible. I'm finding at this time my NTI, if nothing else, is keeping my jaw muscles in a semi relaxed state much of the time. Although my jaw still rules me day and night, I can say that my head & face aches have subsided dramatically.

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