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    Old 08-19-2014, 06:40 AM   #1
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    TMJD- Night Guard sucess.

    Without pouring over my TMJD issues. I am looking for positive experiences with a TMJD night guard. I just got one. It seems to have given me some relief but other discomfort have appeared.

    Night guards are very common. I imagine there is a decent success rate with them.

    So, can any one offer their positive (no horror stories please) experiences with a custom night guard that curbed tmjd symptoms (specifically muscle spasms). I imagine those people that have gotten results have moved on with their lives but I am hoping there are a few people out there that can offer some inspiration rather than doom and gloom about tmjd. All the articles I read offer that it will most likely improve but after 9 weeks of discomfort (pulling, tingling, some pain) I am losing hope.

    Thank you in advance for sharing.

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    Old 08-19-2014, 06:44 AM   #2
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    Re: TMJD- Night Guard sucess.

    Also how soon was there relief. Did it need to worn all day?

     
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    Old 08-19-2014, 03:05 PM   #3
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    Re: TMJD- Night Guard sucess.

    night guards did not do jack squat for me. In fact sometime I wonder if it makes TMJ worse. Sorry had to.

     
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    Old 08-19-2014, 06:26 PM   #4
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    Re: TMJD- Night Guard sucess.

    Foster, have you ever gotten any tmj/d relief?

     
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    Re: TMJD- Night Guard sucess.

    There are many different kinds of splints out there. Some will help, some won't, some could make things worse.

    I had an occlusal night splint that I wore for years at night that basically protected my teeth when I slept. It was OK, but I later found out that the flat plane splint allowed my teeth/jaw to move around on it when I bruxed at night and it could have contributed to my development of TMJD.

    I've tried NTI splints and found them to be horrible and painful.

    I wore a lower mandibular repositioning splint for about 26 months. That one was done by a highly trained functional orthodontist. It was wonderful. I started in extreme pain and within a few months, the pain was mostly resolved. That was a 24/7 splint, but I ended up with a different splint at night that had a wedge that held my bite in place and lower jaw forward when I slept. The combination worked well. I will say that I also had PT on my neck and jaw and oral trigger point releases while I was in the splint to help with the constant spasming from the TMJD.

    So. Long answer short, splints can be helpful, but you need a well trained dentist to ensure you have the correct type. Also, supportive treatments help the splints to be more effective.

    That was about 4 years ago that I was wearing those splints and for the most part, I forget about my TMJD now. I do have to be vigilant in my treating and watching symptoms so it doesn't return.
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    Old 08-20-2014, 10:38 AM   #6
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    Re: TMJD- Night Guard sucess.

    I have a removable herbst appliance for sleeping , helps with snoreing and opens up the tm joint to rest at night

     
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    Old 08-20-2014, 11:41 AM   #7
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    Re: TMJD- Night Guard sucess.

    I have a night guard that I have been wearing for about 2 wks. I think it helps. It goes on my top teeth and I only ware it at night. I also go for acupuncture which I think is also helping so you may want to look into that.

     
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    Old 08-20-2014, 04:23 PM   #8
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    Re: TMJD- Night Guard sucess.

    yes, you can read more in my post, I think it has helped me a lot .

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    Old 08-25-2014, 12:50 AM   #9
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    Re: TMJD- Night Guard sucess.

    Unfortunately the night guard I tried (the nti night guard that fit over my lower teeth and helped keep my teeth apart, and was supposed to keep me from clenching) actually made my problem worse. I did get temporary relief from physical therapy, though - specifically from the massage and where the PT moved my jaw into position (kind of hard to explain what they do but they stick their thumb in your mouth and basically grab your jaw and rotate it about 10-20 times). After this, my jaw always seemed to open smoother and with much less pain. Unfortunately, the results were only temporary .

    I will be starting splint therapy in the next week or so and I'm hoping that works better than just the night guard did. Fingers crossed you get better results!!! Seems like everyone is different - they wouldn't give you a night guard if no one had good results from it!

     
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    Old 08-25-2014, 02:19 PM   #10
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    Re: TMJD- Night Guard sucess.

    I would love to hear how that turns out for you if you are interested in sharing. I think I am gonna end up with a splint too. I am meeting with tmj specialist this week too.

     
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    Re: TMJD- Night Guard sucess.

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    I would love to hear how that turns out for you if you are interested in sharing. I think I am gonna end up with a splint too. I am meeting with tmj specialist this week too.
    Good luck when you meet with your specialist! Yeah I'll definitely come on here and share how it's going with the splint. I really hope it works out because I definitely want to avoid surgery if I can help it. I'm worried it might be unnavoidable though, because when I open my jaw past the "popping" point I hear a crunching, almost tearing sound, and feel an intense burning pain that spreads. Makes me think that the cartilage is really damaged and I don't know how a splint is going to help with that. But I'm trying to stay positive and I'll definitely let you know how it goes!

     
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    Old 08-28-2014, 03:18 PM   #12
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    Re: TMJD- Night Guard sucess.

    I'm currently in splint therapy - about a month and a half of wearing an anterior repositioning split (I think) 24/7 (almost, I sometimes cheat).

    I have noticed some changes, but am definitely not out of pain, instead - a weird pain that shifts around. Sometimes it feels like a tension headache. Other days, it burns through the front of my face (nerve pain), sometimes more in my neck. My opening is normal though. I also have very frequent clicking - which I'm choosing to interpret as positive - as the disk is over the condyle at least some of the time. It is an improvement over being totally locked, with it not moving at all. Maybe the disk will stabilize. Maybe I will form one of these pseudodisks people talk about.

    I have doubts about splint therapy, as other doctor's I've seen suggest it can create a malocclusion, (fixing one problem in order to cause another). I am giving it a try anyway as I have heard of successes.

    It is difficult and frustrating to feel caught between so many different treatments methodologies.

     
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