Bruxism

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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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

Dentist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 -->https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/periodontist   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

Dentist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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

Dentist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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

Dentist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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

Dentist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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

Dentist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

What can be done to permanently cure clicking of TMJ?

Query: Hello doctor, I have problems with my TMJ. When I wake up in the morning, I feel an annoying clicking in my TMJ. I do some exercise by opening and closing my jaw (while giving support to my chin with the thumb). It reduces that clicking to some extent but I want some permanent treatment. I do not f...  Read Full »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Dentist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through your question. I can understand your concern about your TMJ. There may be some cause associated with it, that means for a permanent solution you have to single out the cause and eliminate it. Some major causes are as follows: 1. Missing teeth, grossl...  Read Full »

I grind my teeth at night and have pain from left molar and TMJ to ear. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I grind my teeth at night even though it has not been confirmed. I have the white lines on my cheeks. Yesterday and today I have this pain from my left molar to my TMJ and ear ache. And I do not know if it is from where the grinding is getting worse, a tooth infection, or ear infectio...  Read Full »


Dr. Osman Adam

Dentist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The grinding teeth at night usually come from stress or psychological problems so you should visit a dentist near to you in order to get a night guard to protect grinding teeth at night. At the same time, you should consult with your psychiatric physician to know the ca...  Read Full »

How to deal with teeth grinding that developed due to brain tumor?

Query: Hello doctor, My nephew is 2 years and 5 months old and he had a brain surgery two months ago to extract a brain tumor. It was an anaplastic ependymoma on his fourth ventricle. After brain surgery, his awareness was low and he was on a ventilator for 50 days. He is doing well know, but ou...  Read Full »


Dr. Chirag Solanki

General Surgeon, Neuro Surgeon, Spine Surgeon

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry to hear about your nephew. Due to the tumor for which he was operated, the cerebellum (small brain) was affected. Due to that, he has developed bruxism which is a rare complication. Unfortunately, there is no effective established recommended treatment. Some ...  Read Full »

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