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Is there an alternative to Occlusal guard?

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Posted by: Mayvelyne  (10 years ago)
I have a TMJ disorder. My dentist wants me to wear an occlusal guard. It’s quite expensive and my insurance does not cover it. Is there an alternative to this that I can buy from the local pharmacy? My symptoms are popping of the jaw, headache, sharp pain in the ear and clenching of my teeth. Thanks in advance.
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Check this web site : http://www.nti-tss.com/
What you need is called a NTI appliance about $500
Posted 10 years ago
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Dentist
I have a TMJ disorder. My dentist wants me to wear an occlusal guard. It’s quite expensive and my insurance does not cover it. Is there an alternative to this that I can buy from the local pharmacy? My symptoms are popping of the jaw, headache, sharp pain in the ear and clenching of my teeth. Thanks in advance.

The store-bought ones don't fit too well, or last too long. Sometimes they trigger grinding rather than stop it.

I have seen teeth shifting from the NTI appliance and don't recommend them.

The best splint is still a lab-fabricated full-arch plastic one. These run about $550.
Posted 10 years ago
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Posted by: BiometricsInDentistry  (10 years ago)
I agree with Dr. Henry - You usually get what you pay for in dentistry. I'd strongly recommend the occlusal guard before the symptoms get worse.
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I disagree with Henrius with regard to teeth shifting. If you are getting headaches, then the NTI appliance is the best out there. BUT you have to get it fitted by a dentist who knows what he's doing. I have seen some NTI splints that have been awful, but that is not the fault of the splint, it is the fault of the dentist who made it!
In my opinion, it takes about an hour to fit and adjust an NTI splint properly. Then it should be reviewed and adjusted 2 or 3 times over the following weeks. If the dentist only wants to book a 15 minute or 30 minute appointment to make the splint for you, find another dentist.

It is DEFINITELY worth getting a splint from a dentist. Any kind of splint you buy over the counter is likely to make things worse. If you had a broken leg, woulf you just pick up some plaster from a builder's yard and try to set and fix your leg yourself?

Richard from www.dental-health-advice.com
Posted 10 years ago
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