TMJ and Mouth Guard

by Pam
(Lincolnton, GA, USA)

My dentist said that I'd been grinding my teeth. He made a mouth guard for me. After a month or so of wearing the night guard, I noticed that I'd wake up biting down hard on the mouth guard. I also noticed jaw popping, jaw pain, etc. I continued to wear the night guard, but my symptoms became worse. I began experimenting by going some nights without the mouth guard. The symptoms would seem to improve, but never disappeared. I have now been without the night guard for over a month, but suffer from ear-ache, pain on yawning, chewing, etc., Can a mouth guard actually CAUSE TMJ symptoms?

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