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Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding causes wearing away of the tooth structure leading to attrition. It is pretty common in people with stress and anxiety. It also happens during sleep, and the person is unaware of it. Usually, someone sleeping with the person notices it. It is also known as bruxism. These attrited teeth can cause sensitivity, and there may be a pain in the temporomandibular joint. Mouth splints can protect the teeth from wearing away. Also, behavioral and psychological therapy may be needed for permanent relief.

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Why does my 19 months old son not eat and keeps grinding his teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 19 months old. He is grinding his teeth most of the time. He is not eating well and takes only one spoon. After that, he has a feeling of vomiting. I am giving food with a long interval between every bite. I am giving him only mashed foods. Previously, he was taking two idlis an...  Read Full »

Dr. Samir Bhatia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern regarding your child. Grinding is a common phenomenon occuring in children till six years. Most of the children stop doing it by six years. If he has grinding after this age, you can give him plenty of water. For Albendazole, you can give h...  Read Full »

Why do my dental implants require frequent tightening?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a dental implant placed about four years ago. The implant is a 5 to 8.5 mm bone-level implant with an internal hex. Since then, I have had an abutment placed by a different dentist due to travel. The abutment is the gold abutment screw (regular). I need to know if this is the correc...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq, and thank you for choosing us as your provider for health care. I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. I think, based on the clinical history, it can be a combination of both occlusal derangement and incorrect abutment use. Probably, I will go for ...  Read Full »

Am I in trouble of 20% bone loss at this age of 45 years?

Query: Hi doctor, I was told that my gums are fine with most of them at level 3 and a few in level 4. One doctor said that I have some bone loss, but there is no big deal. Another qualified dentist said that bone loss is 20%. Now, I am scared. Am I in trouble with 20% bone loss at the age 45? I have a prev...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The amount of bone loss that is 20% is not alarming at 45 years of age. It is routinely seen in patients at this age. There is no need to worry as it does not mean that the tooth will fall off soon. Try to maintain the current level by using a warm salt water gargle twi...  Read Full »

Can clenching or grinding teeth result in restricted mouth opening?

Query: Hi doctor, I am unable to open my mouth fully. I have jaw pain for a week. It hurts a lot when I open my mouth wide. My mum tells me that I clench my teeth and grind them while sleeping.   Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Kindly upload an image of the jaw. You can have a third molar eruption and so you have pain and reduced jaw opening as common findings. Kindly ask your mum whether you have clenching and grinding on a regular basis. Stress, pain, or trauma, stimulations such as coffee c...  Read Full »

Will the removal of wisdom teeth lead to obstructed sleep apnea, teeth grinding, and other issues?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a cheek bite on the left side and the oral surgeon suggested the removal of the upper left wisdom tooth since it caused crowding and cheek bite. It was removed a year back. I had a baby tooth with an impacted 1st lower premolar, so the baby tooth was extracted one month later, an...  Read Full »

Dr. Srinivas Saketh. G

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. The treatment plan being followed is really good. There is no need for the replacement of the third molars. The narrow arches and the crowded teeth are responsible for the teeth grinding and it became evident after...  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 »

Dr. Pallavi Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

I am an 18-year-old female with a lockjaw for several years and need advice for its treatment and pain relief. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am an 18-year-old female with a closed lockjaw. I have had my jaw locked briefly in the past for every few days, but it would always unlock. A few years back, when my jaw locked, it could not be unlocked again. It has been one and a half years since I do not think I will ever be able ...  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read the query, and I can understand your concern. I suggest you consult an oral surgeon. But to unlock the jaw, practice some exercise every day. Balloon face- Fill your mouth with air and keep your lips tightly sealed, similar to a monkey face. Practice t...  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 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 opening and closing your mouth whenever you ae free. Massage your temple with olive oil or castor oil. Do not...  Read Full »

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