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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I was diagnosed with bruxism and got dental splint made. What could be the reason for the weakness in the neck, balance issues, and itchy ears in me?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with bruxism some time back. The previous year was stressful for me; from then, the problems started with feeling raised temperature in one of my ears, for which I consulted my dentist, who prescribed a dental splint, but it did not help and worsened the condition. I al...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com, I read your query and understand your concern. The bite guard you are already using is the treatment for bruxism. Use the custom-made dental splint to prevent the attrition of the teeth further. If the teeth are severely attrited, I suggest getting a crown over them,...  Read Full »

Can my lower part of my jaw pain be because of my habit of grinding of teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I am unsure if the pain I am having is from grinding my teeth or my wisdom teeth coming in. I have pain only on the right side of my mouth, mainly in the back near my jaw. I also recently got over a minor sinus cold, so I wonder if this is also to blame.  Read Full »


Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I will be helping you out with your issue certainly. It looks like you have not got any X-rays or orthopantomogram (OPG) done, right? The back of the jaw pain-which you are feeling, can I know if it is the upper or the lower jaw you are specifying? It is quite possible...  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

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 treatmen...  Read Full »

What is the reason for pain in my jaws and pressure on my temple region?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having a lot of pain in my jaw, which radiates from the left to the right side of my mouth. Now, I am having a strange pressure on my temples. It does not really hurt, but it is just kind of a pressure or odd feeling.  Read Full »


Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This can be due to grinding your teeth. If you have this habit, then quit it. If you have a habit of closing mouth tightly, then quit it soon. I suggest you try doing the following: Open and close your mouth whenever you are free. Massage your temple with olive oil or ca...  Read Full »

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 icliniq.com. 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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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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 icliniq.com. 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 Ahmad Bhat

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

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

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 »

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