Night guard and Overbite
My TMJ began when I was 16 and had severely impacted wisdom teeth chiseled out of my jaw. Decades later I took a blow to the jaw which caused a big flareup, but the last few months have been awful. I'm 60 now. It is hard to open my mouth, I am plagued with headaches, migraines and neck pain. I see a neurologist and a physical therapist for that. It flares up when I teach and talk or laugh a lot, and biting anything is out - strictly knife and fork for me these days. The dentist made an upper jaw night guard for me which caused intense pain within minutes. She wants to redo the guard, this time as a lower jaw guard, because she said my overbite is the problem. I can't tolerate a lot of stuff in my mouth, it makes me gag, so am having trouble with this whole guard concept. Any advice would be appreciated. Would your guard work in my case?