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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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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
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 »
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 a... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »