Jaw pain getting worse

by Rachel

I've had jaw pain for at least a year now and cracking sounds for several. When I went to the dentist for a checkup, he said that it was TMD and that I should get a night guard. So my parents bought me the Smart Guard Elite a week ago. I've only used it twice, but both nights I've woken up in the middle of the night with really bad jaw pain. When I wake up in the morning my jaw and teeth are sore and hurts for several hours. Should I stop using the night guard? Do you have any suggestions on how to fix this problem?

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by: Dr. Spainhower

Hello Racheal,

Yes...Stop wearing it now. You should remold the SmartGuard Elite and bite into it straight up with medium pressure. As you bite into it with medium pressure, bite up and slightly forward towards the back of your front upper teeth. You don't have to actually slide your lower teeth forward, but just apply forward pressure so that you don't apply pressure towards the back which can put pressure in the TM Joints.

Email me at DrSpainhower at SmartGuard.info asap to clarify my instructions and so I can help you.


Dr. Spainhower

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