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The Difference Between a TMJ Night Guard and a Regular Mouth Guard

Not all mouth guards are created equal. From sports mouth guards to simple night guards and TMJ guards: they come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes.

If you have been considering getting a mouth guard, here’s a brief breakdown of a TMJ night guard versus a regular mouth guard.

Simple Night Guard

A standard mouth guard is custom-made and intended to create a protective layer between the upper and lower teeth. This layer acts like a cushion, so teeth don’t get worn down. Typically this type of guard is worn at night, when teeth grinding is more likely to occur.

The downside to it is that the regular night guard doesn’t fix the jaw joint misalignment and can make problems associated with it even worse. Grinding is a natural body response to TMJ disorder when the teeth are trying to come together in a better way. Putting on such night guards fixes the jaw in a misaligned position, minimizing the movement of the jaw and muscles, which leads to extensive muscle tension around the jaw, lips, ears, and neck, which in return, with time, leads to pain and more severe bruxism.

TMJ Mouth Guard

TMJ mouth guards are also custom-made and can perform many functions, like: protecting teeth from grinding, reducing jaw pain, ear pain, and realigning the jaw joint.

TMJ mouth guards are prescribed to be worn at night time, as well as a few hours during the day. Usually, the longer you wear it the better. The more a TMJ patient wears the mouth guard the better and faster the results.

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If you suffer from jaw pain, bruxism, frequent crown breaking and other symptoms of TMJ disorder, schedule a FREE consultation here at Pasadena Pain Management. Call us at (626) 773-8333, or make your appointment online.