Went to the dentist this morning for appointment with hygienist and for a check up which revealed a chipped tooth ( filling to be redone ) . The dentist also mentioned that the right bottom teeth are being worn down quite considerably and that this will have to be addressed. This is due to TMJ , a problem I have been aware of and have had for years. Often I wake up in the morning with face ache, tooth ache and head ache . It could be causing my tinnitus . She said she could make a tooth guard for me or that I could be referred to a private clinic in the next county along from me ( I live in Dorset ) or I could be referred to my local hospital to see an NHS consultant who deals with this sort of problem . My dentist is private but I don't contribute to any sort of scheme , it is a sort of pay as you go and hope for the best strategy that has served me OK so far !I have been unemployed for a long time so finances are tight. Trouble is, when I had orthodontic treatment as a child and wore any kind of night appliance this would get taken out in my sleep and end up somewhere in the bed. Basically , anybody out there who can give me some advice please ? Have tooth guards worked well for any of you ? I have until Monday of next week to decide and discuss my options further when this filling is done. Thanking you in advance.