Smart Guard question

by Gea
(Sacramento, CA USA)

Hi. I am on my 2nd night guard, both custom made by dentists. The first one was hard & caused more jaw pain. The 2nd was soft and caused my inner cheeks to get caught in my molars. I don't have TMJ disorder, but do have bruxism, migraines, and more recently for the last several months ear pressure/aching/stuffiness and periodic jaw pain. After going to an allergist, 2 ENT's, 2 dentists, and a chiropractor ...I'm still trying to determine if all my symptoms are from grinding at night and if they will be alleved by yet another night guard.

I watched the video of the molding of the Smart Guard. My concern is 2-fold: My mouth is small (I'm a 5'3" female, 145 lbs.) Also, the mouth guard looks like it fits high and into the top gumline. Can I trim that down because I'm sure that will be painful on my gums? The soft night guard I have now doesn't go that high into my gums and even it is sometimes painful on my gums.

Thank you for any guidance you can give.

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cut the SmartGuard down a bit
by: Dr. Spainhower

Gea,

If indeed you have your symptoms in the mornings after you wake, then most likely they are coming from night time clenching and grinding.

Yes, you can cut down the front rim of the SmartGuard. Cut about 5 mm down from the top BEFORE you mold it. Then when you mold it, the sharp edges made by the cutting will be molded soft.

The SmartGuard is soft yet firm where your bottom front teeth contact. Purchase the SmartGuard Original and that should fit and serve you well.

If you have any other questions, let me know.

Sincerely,
Dr. Spainhower

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