I've had a loud clicking on the left side of my jaw for as long as i can remember. In the last 6 months or so, its gotten worse. I'm a chronic nighttime teeth grinder so i'm sure thats the culprit. I recently got a mouth guard to wear at night and that is at least helping with not incurring further damage.
I'm wondering if i'm going to need something more proactive--i've read about people getting splints made by their dentists if their jaw is really out of alignment. Has anyone ever had one of these or know about them? I'm wondering if i need one because its feeling more and more awkward to eat (hard to explain, its as if my jaw isnt in the right alignment to chew properly) and when i yawn sometimes it feels painful, like its exasperating the problem. I'm nervous about the possibility of getting a splint, dont know much about them or what they cost.
Also, has anyone done anything that helped their TMJ, like exercises?
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