Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Does anyone else have TMJ problems? Jaw clicking, jaw locking, jaw/neck pain, headaches, teeth clenching, teeth grinding, etc. anything? I clench my teeth constantly, day and night. It causes headaches, ear pain (ringing too) and jaw pain. My jaw has clicked when I open/close my mouth or chew for years and years. It's getting worse and popping loudly. Today my jaw even locked! It freaked me out because I could only open my mouth halfway. A little research online said to put moist heat on it and massage it, then it would release. I did that and it did eventually release, but it still hurts. So anyway I'm thinking of getting a nighttime mouth guard, but I don't know a lot about them. The really good ones (according to reviews) are so expensive ($60 plus). I don't have health or dental insurance anymore so I can't really afford to go in for advice on this. :( So anyone have any experience with mouth guards? Do they really stop the teeth clenching? It seems like they would easily stop grinding, but how can it stop clenching? Is it just because it keeps your teeth from going closed all the way? Anyway sorry for rambling. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!