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Thread: Do you have a night guard

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    Just had some dental work done. Seems when mt arthritis is real painful I grind my teeth. So much so I had no enamel left on my top two front teeth. He filled them & strongly recommended a night guard (again). Used it last night for the first time. It kinda felt odd, had to sleep with a tissue. That thing made me drool. Will I get used to the guard, I can see it spending it's life in a cup.grin.

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    I used a football mouthpiece that you form to your teeth It took a while but I got used to it, I clench my teeth so tight my jaw hurts in the morning unless I use it. Cost me less than a dollar!

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    My daughter uses a night guard. It takes a little while to get used to. She has TMJ. She says it makes a difference. Her jaw stays in place and don't hurt.

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    I can't sleep without one if I want to save my teeth. TMJ and a grinding when in pain is a bad combination. You'll get used to it. I am now using a youth size soccer guard because I refuse to ever have that fitting cr-- in my mouth again. The last time I had it done, it made me sick and the tech wouldn't take it out for a minute. When I came out, I told the dentist never again. Four days later he called to say the lab had broken my mold and I needed to start over. NO!

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    I clench my jaws and grind my teeth, evidently. hurts at times. i got a guard from my Dentist and use it sometimes. not bad. i sleep all right with it.fits my top teeth.

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    I've been using an acrylic one that my dentist made for me. I use it religiously every night. I was grinding my teeth so much that I was cracking them. I think I put one of his daughters through college by needing crowns on my back molars. It does take awhile to get used to them, but its worth it in the long run.

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    I have TMJ and it helps a lot to stop the tension on my jaw. No more morning headaches. Keep at it the drooling will stop once your mouth is used to it :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MawMaw B
    I've been using an acrylic one that my dentist made for me. I use it religiously every night. I was grinding my teeth so much that I was cracking them. I think I put one of his daughters through college by needing crowns on my back molars. It does take awhile to get used to them, but its worth it in the long run.
    Same with me, my dentist takes his staff to Disney World, I was so happy to pay for that...anyways i loved mine until I lost a tooth and couldn't afford to have a crown put in and then the nite guard didn't fit anymore. i guess i will try a sports one, because I was really cracking my teeth. I catch myself doing it in the daytime also when stressed. i wake up with such a sore jaw and neck even headache sometimes...i really didn't thing of using a soccer one....thanks so much.

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    Thanks for comments. Good to know I'm not the only one. Also, Jade good to know the drooling will stop. That's a big issue for me. I'm also glad to see it is almost invisable. Fits perfectly over my top teeth & snaps into place.I had it done in Mexico. A through cleaning & polishing two fillings & mouth guard for a total $245.Thank goodness for insurance, cause those $$'s could buy lots of fabric.

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    Keep using it if you can. It takes a while to get used to it but it is worth it. I have worn mine for years and hate to sleep without it. My grinding is so bad at times that I even do it during the day and have broken my teeth and crowns. My first two were soft and I bit right through them. The one I have now is hard and it works better for me.

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    I have one, supposed to use it.....keep finding it on the nightstand in the mornings!!!!!

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    I use one off and on to control grinding teeth. It's great and I sleep better. My dentist made it for my lower teeth because it won't fall out :)

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    I thought I was the only one who grinds their teeth. I will have to talk to my dentist. If it's going to cost too much, I'll go the sports gear route. Thanks for having this conversation!

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    You can also get them at Walmart but they are about the same as the sports ones. I did find a clear one so formed it and it worked great.

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    It takes a bit, but you will get used to the guard. I had Invisaline (clear plastic) braces & after my teeth were straight, they said to wear the braces at nite. Did not like it at 1st, but now it's not an issue at all & my teeth are trained to not move.

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    I wear one for the same reason you need one (wearing inside upper teeth away) & also my jaw locks sometimes during the night. The night guard does work & you will adjust; give it time.

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    Yes, can hardly sleep without it now. When my Mom was dying and I was driving 2 hours back and forth to her hospital, my hygenist (sp) said to wear it in the car since I was under stress.

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    Wow, night was a great improvement. Only woke up 3-4 times. Really rarely used my tissue.Anyone notice the ads for night guards at the bottom of this page.

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