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Problem with night guard

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Patient
Posted by: romeo969  (2 years ago)
Hello,

I have a TMJ and my dentist gave me a night guard. Ever since I’ve had it, it caused jaw pain and disk displacement. The dentist said it was rocking, which was causing the jaw pain, and he gave me a new one.

After a few days of wearing the new one, I am back to terrible jaw pain. Does anyone have any ideas why I keep on getting pain with the night guard? Is there anything I can do to make the night guard comfortable for me? Any information would be much appreciated.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (2 years ago)

Hey romeo969,

What exactly did you mean by "have a TMJ"? If it was pain you experienced before fitment, it probably could have gotten worse by wearing a hard night guard. Try switching to a softer version if you can. Also, the learning curve to use and maintain a night guard could be pretty intimidating to some people. Take it slow (30-60 minutes initially every day) for a while before you attempt to wear it for longer periods of time.

Additionally, I'd advise you get a second opinion with a dentist who is a TMJ specialist, or a functional jaw orthodontist. A night-guard shouldn't usually give you pain or complicate your TMJ disk by displacing it. Good luck!!
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Dentist
romeo969,

Nightguards can be a tricky thing, the Tempromandibular Joint (TMJ) can be a tricky thing, and playing with the way teeth come together can isn't simple. It is smart to have a nightguard (NG) made if you are having symptoms, but it will not work in every case. If a NG is causing you more pain or not helping it get better return to you dentist, they may send you to a specialist. A NG needs to be properly balanced and hit in certain places when your teeth are together than slid side to side.
Posted 2 years ago
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Dentist
Hello,

I have a TMJ and my dentist gave me a night guard. Ever since I’ve had it, it caused jaw pain and disk displacement. The dentist said it was rocking, which was causing the jaw pain, and he gave me a new one.

After a few days of wearing the new one, I am back to terrible jaw pain. Does anyone have any ideas why I keep on getting pain with the night guard? Is there anything I can do to make the night guard comfortable for me? Any information would be much appreciated.


So what were you symptoms BEFORE the nighguard? You must have had some or you would not have requested an appliance be made.

In 34 years, I have never had a TMJ patient get worse with a nightguard. I might get a referral to a physical thearpist, then have some imaging done to see what is going on in the joint.
Posted 1 years ago
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Patient
Posted by: nathanriopelle  (1 years ago)
Regarding patients getting worse with a nightguard - the type can sometimes make patients worse. Flat plane splints 'usually' only work with neuromuscular problems, but if the patient bruxes, they are just grinding on the flat plane splint and adding more stress to the joint as the jaw is slipping and sliding all night long. An indexed splint sometimes works better - depending on the patient.
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