(Austin , TX)
I had suffered from a clicking and painful TMJ for years. A couple years ago, I began using an Anterior Repositioning Splint at night. With the APS in, my jaw is forward just a few millimeters, but it is enough to stop the click.
My jaw muscles stay trained throughout the next day after wearing the APS. I don't clench throughout the day, and my jaw stays relaxed. My headaches have virtually ceased, and as long as I use the APS at night, the clicking is gone. (Of course, if I don't use it for a few nights, the condyles of my jaw slide back to the old position, and I get all the same symptoms again).
Because of the anterior position of my jaw now, the occlusal surfaces of my molars rarely touch like they used to. I was told by a dentist that I could develop super-eruption in these teeth and develop problems from this. I wondered if you knew anything about that. It would be a shame to stop using the APS because it has helped so much. But I don't want to cause longer term problems because of the new (lack of) occlusion.