... but can someone explain it more? What it does, how it looks, when to wear that kind of information. I was given some Diazapem to help at night. I also have dry mouth so will a bite splint add to that?
What it looks like really depends on the severity of your TMJ situation. Generally, they're just a clear plastic thing like a retainer that clamps onto your upper teeth sort of like a denture plate. It's supposed to stabilize the jaw so it doesn't get pushed out of place while healing takes place. In my case, I'd been in a really serious car accident that broke my neck, back, and jaws, and the splint had to be almost an inch thick. Because of that you could see it like I had a huge ice cube in my mouth and I couldn't even speak. They only tried it because the insurance company insisted they do that first, but finally I had to have surgery to reattach both jaws as they were completely off the hinges. But 9 times out of 10 it's like a retainer and you don't even notice it. When you wear it also depends on the severity of your TMJ issue. Most people wear them only at night, this prevents them from grinding their teeth, or from having the jaw pushed sideways from sleeping on your side. If you're wearing it only at night I wouldn't think it would bother your dry mouth, but I couldn't really say. Hope this answers your question.
Very few are aware of the different types of mouth guards. The squishy ones you buy and boil and shape to your mouth are ok but because they are not solid they still allow the jaw to chew and clench as you sleep. The actual hard SPLINT is what is needed for people who clench. That's what I needed and it costs between $700 and $1,000, replaceable every 5 years or so. It definitely worked better than any other mouthguard, but I just lost them so that's almost a grand down the drain to replace them, and a couple hundred for the specialist to order and fit them... =/
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