Bruxism, otherwise called night grinding, is a sleep-related movement disorder where the patient grinds or clenches his or her teeth while asleep. Most people with bruxism either snore or have sleep apnea. This condition can result in tooth fracture, tooth pain, sensitivity, and TMJ problems.

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Please help me identify the reason for pain in my jaw and face.

Query: Hello doctor, I have pain in my teeth when I chew for the last two months. I have some pain in the face also. The doctor is unable to identify. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the files uploaded (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Having looked at the picture and the X-rays, there are no cavities. There is some generalized bone loss and the widening of PDL (periodontal ligament) spaces. This is i...  Read Full »

I bit my cheek while sleeping. What are that hardball-like thing and brown spots inside my mouth?

Query: Hi doctor,While sleeping, I somehow bit my cheek. Then I felt there was a hardball-like thing inside of it. It was not on the surface but inside. When I looked with my flashlight, I also saw tiny brown dots inside of my mouth.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I hope you are well. Thanks for approaching icliniq. I saw your query, and I will help you solve your doubts. Cheek biting is seen in bruxism. There are certain appliances for stopping the habit of bruxism. I cannot understand what hardball is? I hope it is...  Read Full »

How to know if a person has anxiety disorder?

Query: Hi doctor,I have tooth sensitivity problem. I am suffering from this problem since last two months. I am unable to drink water also. I tried many sensitivity toothpastes, but it does not work properly. Please suggest me a proper drug or suggestion for instant relief.  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Tooth sensitivity happens due to many reasons, and it may be because of cavities in teeth. For instant relief, you need to put desensitized toothpaste, but as you are saying it is not working, then it is better for you to visit a dentist and get an x-ray done. The...  Read Full »

Does grinding cause loosening of teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, I have noticed that my first molar is loose. I keep pushing it with my tongue and clenching a bit against it and I just noticed that it has become loose little more. I have my wisdom teeth and I think it might be applying pressure forward on these teeth. I read in a book that day grindin...  Read Full »

Dr. Naseer Bhat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and you are having a habit of grinding your teeth during the night, that is called as bruxism and the symptomatic treatment for that is the use of mouth guards. I recommend you visit a dentist and get it checked. Your treatment depends on ...  Read Full »

Is graft necessary for gum recession?

Query: Hi doctor, I have gum recession due to bruxism and aggressive brushing. None of my gum measurements are over 3. Should I get a gum graft now or should I wait?  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is better get gum graft now (gingival graft). Also, it will be better if you get a mouthguard for bruxism and wear them permanently except while eating. For further doubts consult a periodontist online -->   Read Full »

How to stop teeth biting at night?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been biting the teeth at night for about five years. Is this harmful to my health?  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Unfortunately yes, this is harmful to your dental and overall health. Bruxism (teeth grinding or night grinding) is not a condition but one of the main symptoms of TMJ disorder. This could be a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issue. Tempo...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for teeth wear and jaw pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having a little bit of jaw pain from time to time and also a dull pain in different teeth at different times. I suffer from bruxism and have a custom dental night guard. But for the last month, I am feeling pain as if I am grinding at night. The dental guard split in half ...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. This could be a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issue. Temporo Mandibular joint is the jaw joint between the upper jaw and the lower jaw and involves multiple and complex structures like a disc between two jaws, chewing muscles, and the joini...  Read Full »

What causes black cracks in teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, While looking at my teeth the other day, I noticed what looked like cracks in my molar teeth  (2nd from the back) on either side. Recently, I went to the dentist for a cleaning and also was complaining about sensitive teeth to both hot and cold. On both these teeth, I have a bit of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all thank God that you met a good endodontist who diagnosed the right problem. Secondly, through all your case history it is evident that you are having a chronic habit of clenching your jaws that is called 'bruxism' in medical terms. What happens in it is, due t...  Read Full »

The area of infection after root canal treatment is sensitive to pressure. Is this normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a route canal treatment done yesterday on my two lower incisors. The pain from the tooth has gone. However, the area where the infection was observed is still sensitive to pressure. I have not taken many pain killers because the pain has not been that bad. But my surrounding tee...  Read Full »

Dr. Geeth Sadasivam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1. The pain you have after root canal treatment is because when you bite, there is a pressure distributed over the teeth and taken up by the tooth supporting structures around which is a sort of new irritation. 2. The sensitivity is a normal scenario after cleaning ...  Read Full »

My back teeth do not touch soon after waking up but bite becomes normal in a few hours. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have bruxism and TMJ, and I just started using a mouth guard that I got from my dentist. I am concerned because when I wake up in the morning, I feel that my bite is different. My back teeth do not touch. However, after 1 or 2 hours my bite goes back to normal. Is this normal?  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do you wear your nightguard properly at night? If yes, then it is normal that you feel the gap between teeth. As it is the prime function of giving you nightguard that it does not let your teeth overlap firmly and deeply. This tray does not allow teeth of both arches to...  Read Full »

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