Question by Artist Wicked: How does a retainer help a TMJ disorder?
My orthodontist basically gave me a retainer for my TMJ disorder (I wake up every morning with my jaw locked shut), but my jaw still locks all the same. It’s in the front of my mouth to keep me from clenching my back teeth, but I bite harder when it’s in my mouth, so my jaw just locks anyways. How is this supposed to help a TMD? And it’s been getting worse.
Answer by Keerthi
Basically a retainer helps you to bite in the most natural, least stressful & traumatic way for the TM joint, thus helping you from jaw lock.At first there will be tendency to bite harder but will subside afterward .
If you develop severe locking of jaw or pain, consult your dentist and he might prescribe you an analgesic or anti-spasmodic or might opt for a different retainer.