Mouthguards are protective devices against night grinding of teeth or sports injuries. They also help in limiting snore and reduce obstructive sleep apnea. Stock, Boil-and-bite, and custom-made mouthguards are the different kinds available. Stock mouthguards are readily available in various sizes. Boil-and-bite mouthguards have to be boiled and bitten to adjust to your size. Your dentist makes custom-made mouthguards by creating a mold.
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I suffer from temporomandibular joint pain, along with clicking and popping in my ears. Will the mouthguard help overcome TMJ problems?
Query: Hi doctor, I have terrible temporomandibular joint pain in my jaw, clicking and popping sounds in my ears, sharp pain in my facial bones, and also, my jaw and teeth hurt after every meal for two or three months. I went to the dental clinic, where the dentist took my x-ray and diagnosed me with tempo... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query, Mouthguards are the first preference of choice for temporomandibular joint issues, although they are not the only solution for correcting the jaw. You would first require a muscle relaxant to relieve your joint discomfort, and also I need to k... Read Full »
I am undergoing orthodontic treatment. Is it necessary that I wear a nightguard for my night-grinding habit?
Query: Hello doctor, I am undergoing orthodontic treatment and have a habit of teeth grinding at night. Should I use the night guard? Will it help? Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. The condition you have of grinding teeth at night is called bruxism. This will have bad effects on teeth as it will cause polished facets over the occlusal surface of teeth due to loss or grinding of hard structur... Read Full »
How to treat TMJ problem that has made smiling and opening the jaw painful?
Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from TMJ issues for a long time and I left untreated for a long time. Now my situation has got worse where I have difficulty in smiling. I am unable to open my jaw fully and I have extreme discomfort facially. I have consulted a dentist and he blamed my jaw clenching and i... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, by using a nightguard, you will get some relief. You can take some medication also. You can take tablet Flexon MR (Ibuprofen with Paracetamol and Chlorzoxazone) twice a day and tablet Neurobion forte (multivitamin) once a day. Do hot and cold fermentation along... Read Full »
Can the cause of condylar resorption be identified with imaging?
Query: Hi doctor, At age 17, I spontaneously developed an anterior open bite. I do not have a habit of tongue thrust. Although, I had been using a drugstore night guard when it developed. My orthodontist fixed it without doing any imaging. Looking back, I wonder if it had been caused by idiopathic condylar... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The resorption of your condyle is idiopathic. That means the cause cannot be determined or defined. With imaging investigations, now it is not possible to discern whether it was present or absent before, during or after treatment, unless you have x-rays or CT from before ... 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Please explain the treatment options available for teeth grinding and underbite.
Query: Hi doctor, What is the best mouth guard used for teeth grinding? What is the cheapest way available to treat underbite? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Teeth grinding affects dental health. It is a cause of attrition. If stress is the cause for grinding the teeth, then do regular exercise, yoga, and meditation. Avoid drinks that contain caffeine. Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking, if you have the habit. Take a suffici... Read Full »
Please explain if my teeth pressure and pain are due to TMJ problem.
Query: Hi doctor, I had fillings done around two months ago. Two of my teeth with fillings started to hurt three days ago. Also, I had pain in my ears. However, I also had pressure and crackling going on in my both ears. I have had issues going on with my ears for a while, I have been on a decongestant fro... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. You have mentioned that you are better after being under the medication Mucus D (pseudoephedrine). This is a nasal decongestant used for sinus infections and cold. With this, I suspect that you have got sinusiti... Read Full »