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  • Extreme Teeth Grinding:My son, 31, is special needs and has ground down his teeth near the nerves and needs something done. I'm at a loss as to what to do and who. ...Visitor from St Louis     (answer)

  • Orthodontic and anti bruxism retainer combined: Is it possible to get an orthodontic retainer (hard plastic one similar to an Invisalign unit that retains all teeth after orthodondal work) that is combined with anti bruxism mechanism? What is the essential difference between an Invisalign or tooth whitening tray made by the dentist after orthodondal treatment to an anti bruxism unit? I have just had orthodontic work done but worry I will break them due to clenching my teeth quite badly at night. ...Visitor from Manchester UK     (answer)

  • Crowns for ground down teeth: I have been grinding my teeth for years and my teeth in the back are getting very small. Since I won't wear a mouth guard, my dentist suggests I get the upper and lower teeth in the grinding areas capped. Is this the best advise for me? ...Visitor from GA     (answer)

  • Grind Teeth into crown: I had a crack in my back lower tooth (right side). The dentist decided to prep the tooth down to a nub and create a crown (without asking me). Now, I am in great pain. I call it kidney stone like pain in my mouth. I grind my teeth at night so I grind the temporary crown into the nub, the nub remains irritated and infected. The crown also gets pushed into my gum line. Since I grind my teeth, will the same problem exist when I get my permanent crown? I grind and press down while I sleep. Is my only option to get a root canal as he suggests? I've been dealing with this pain for two weeks and the only thing that helps me endure, is taking a small amount of whiskey and letting it sit. ...Visitor from OK     (answer)

  • Crowns and teeth grinding: I grind my teeth at night and cracked one of my back teeth. The tooth alrady had a root canal done so was already unstable. Now I have to have a crown placed and my dentist is recommending an all porcelain crown. I'm reading a porcelain crown with a metal post might be more stronger. What do you suggest? ...Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • When I was about 15, I noticed that I clenched my teeth while I was sleeping. I am now 22, and I find myself clenching my teeth throughout the day as well as when I'm asleep. I am getting frequent headaches and feel a lot of pressure on my gums. Is there any thing I can do? ...Kaylina in NC     (answer)

  • I have worn a nightguard on my bottom teeth for 2 years now. Recently I had a filling redone on a top molar, which still hurts at times, even many weeks after the procedure was done. Also I have at least one tooth on the other side (top) that's giving me a similar problem. The first tooth most likely needs a Root canal. One night recently I fell asleep without the nightguard in and slept for nearly the entire night. I woke up without any discomfort. I am wondering if the nightguard, along with the "new" filling, could be causing a bad bite? If so should I consider not wearing the nightguard? Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • I have been experiencing horrible sharp piercing pains near the temple of my head, on each side. At different times. The pain only lasts 1-4 seconds then it is gone. Almost like a lightning bolt. I went to see my doctor and he had suggested that teeth grinding could be the problem. I have experienced (medium pain) headaches almost daily for 2-3 months, but I'm trying to figure out what can explain these other sharp pains I'm having. It happens during the day, morning or evening, there is no "Usual"morning pain. I've read that people who grind teeth have morning pain from grinding the night before. This is not my case. It happens at different times. So basically at a regular cleaning and x-ray, my dentist had asked me a few months ago if I grind my teeth because the x-ray looked as if I did. I laughed of course I don't. Now that I'm having this pain I'm wondering if I could be doing it. Please tell me if a symptom could also be sharp pains near my temple or above my ears? Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • Hello I was diagnosed with sleep apnea 9/01 since then I have noticed that I clench my mouth shut extremly tight during sleep. Most recently I have noticed blood in my mouth in the morning from clenching so tightly. The appliance I wear for the apnea is a positive air flow that covers the nose only, forcing the mouth to stay shut. My question is if the two may be related, and to avoid going to either dentist or sleep doctor first and being referred to the other if you could recommend where to start. ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • I am 46 yrs. old and gring my teeth excessively! I am also paralyzed in my left extremities. I am on SS disability w/Medicare (no dental coverage). My dentist says I need a $300 night guard to save my teeth from further damage. I have tried sleeping with football type mouth guards in at night. I grind all day long not just while sleeping. Is there a more affordable alternative and can I wear a night guard all day? Is there a tupe thin enough that's not as noticeable? I am also guilty of using my teeth as a left hand to do many things(causing chipping!) ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Chipping teeth: I am 46 and have had good teeth considering I have not flossed like I should have. I was looking in the mirror the other day and noticed my front teeth are chipping away and closed my mouth and connected the upper and lower and they chipped as I watched.....WHY? ...Visitor from OK     (answer)

  • Night Time Jaw Clenching I'm 38 years old, and I just can't believe that I have been suffering as long as I have. Every day of the past fifteen years of my life, has been spent with headache, balance and fatigue problems. While the intensity of the symtoms varies slightly from day to day, the feeling in my head can best be described as that of a bad hangover. In other words, my head always feels like it's full of pressure or being squeezed, and it lacks a sense of location or position, relative to my body. I've also had chronic upper back and neck stiffness and pain for at least eight years, and when I awake in the mornings, I feel as if I haven't slept at all. I'm in pain or discomfort all day, but sleeping definitely seems to "recharge" the problem. The plain fact is this: Having been suffering for so long, you can imagine that, in addition to having been to many doctors, I am very aware of my situation and/or problem. I KNOW that I am a severe and chronic night time jaw clencher, but I just can't stop the habit or get relief. I've tried the NTI device, and a mouthguard with a pressure sensative alarm, but to no avail. Rigorous exercise just before bed seems to reduce some tension and stress, which helps to lesson the clenching, but the relief is minimal. My teeth, gums and jaw hurt, my head hurts, my back and neck hurt, and I'm spiraling downward....Please help! ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • 5 year old teeth grinder: My five year old daughter recently lost her first tooth, and now has a second loose tooth. She already has the first permanent tooth erupted through. She has been diagnosed by two pediatric dentists with dental hypoplasia. Therefore, she has had several teeth repaired. My first question is: Is she two young to be loosing her teeth? Second, she has caps over four bottom teeth - how will this affect her loosing those teeth. Third, she grinds her teeth everytime she sleeps. She has grinded her front teeth to almost half their size. Now she is getting permanent teeth I am concerned because she shows no signs of slowing down that grinding. What should we do? ...Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • Daytime Clenching: I am a 22 year old female in excellent health. I am always clenching my teeth during the day, not the night. I do not do drugs or any other stimulants, not even coffee. I do not feel that I am a stressed out person, but these clenching episodes occur when I am deep in thought, and not necessarily stressed. I am very worried that I will cause damage to my jaw if I don't take care of it now. My other concern is that I might have a chemical imbalance that may be causing the clenching, since I cannot think of any other reason why this would be happening. My question is, could this be the result of a chemical imbalance, and if so, what steps could I take to treat it? ...Visitor from MA     (answer)

  • 25 years Grinding - New Crown Pain: My wife has ground her teeth for 25 years now and recently had her molars and premolars capped with porcelain crowns to prevent further damage and reduce sensitivity to hot and cold. She now experiences shooting pain when biting with these back teeth. She has been back to the same dentist twice to shave or level the capped contact surface but this hasn't helped. She can only chew lightly on one side. Is this normal? Will it become less sensitive? (already 3 months later) Should she replace them with metal caps - crowns? ...Visitor from OR     (answer)

  • Pediatric Bruxism - Infant Noisey Teeth Grinding: I have an 11 month old boy. He has four teeth on top and three on the bottom. He has been grinding his teeth since he was about 9 months old. He is grinding his teeth down. Sometimes he uses so much force, it sounds like he is going to crack his teeth. Is there anything I can do to help him save his teeth? ...Visitor from MI     (answer)

  • Clenching Jaw at Night: I have had a problem with nighttime jaw clenching for the past 7+ years that seems to be getting worse. I have a great deal of trouble sleeping and, when I do sleep, I never awaken refreshed, but very fatigued as if I hadn't slept at all. I also suffer from frequent headaches and mild jaw pain. When I awaken in the morning, I can tell I have been clenching my jaw because my teeth feel like they've been pressed upon. I had a mouthpiece at one point that didn't really work that well. Whom do I see regarding this issue? A dentist, a medical doctor, an orthodontist? Help! I don't know where to seek the proper help ...Visitor from OR     (answer)

  • Fitting crows to help Bruxism: I have bruxisn which has recently caused problems. I had to have a major repair to a crown and a complicated tooth removal because of the tooth fractures. I went to another dentist because I felt my current dentist was nervous working on me because of the problems I have with bruxism. The new dentist advised me to have 4 perfectly good teeth on the lower front of my mouth crowned as the wear on some of these teeth was not protecting my molars and I was in danger of losing more molars. He explained the porcelain of crowns was tougher than teeth and so would aid the protection of the remaining molars. Now I feel angry having these good teeth crowned. Is this a normal proceedure against bruxism? ...Visitor from Spain     (answer)

  • Night time teeth grinding: At night when I'm sleeping, I grind my teeth and now the top teeth have taken the shape of the bottom. The top kind of cave in. I was wondering how to fix this problem. My teeth are also very thin and they chip easily. Just recently I chipped the bottom of my tooth. I was also wondering how to fix the chip and make my teeth thicker. ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Severe Nighttime clenching: When I wake up in the morning, my head, neck, jaw, upper shoulder and siuses hurt and I feel like I am in the clouds. When I first wake up I can feel the pressure in my sinuses just let loose. I wear a dentist made night gard on my upper teeth and it did help for a few years. Before the night gard I was seeing my medical doctor with sinus problems but he could not figure it out. All the symptoms I had prior to the night gard are back. I have a very powerful suction in my mouth while sleeping. I have gone to therapy and wear the night gard every night. Where can I go from here? I can't stand this feeling anymore. ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Teeth grinding with dentures: What is recommended for those who have dentures and grind their teeth, causing gum pain,and continually loose dentures? This happens during work, such as typing, reading, etc., not just at night. Can a denture wearer use some type of guard? If so, what type should be used? ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

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