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biting of teeth

I am 40 years old. My friends complains that i am biting my teeth during sleep. I dont know what i am doing? But next day tooth pain is there. By 2 teeth are badly damaged and i have to go for root canalsurgery. Please advise how to over come this problem.
Wed, 27 Apr 2011
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Dentist, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 's  Response
hello,
Biting or grinding of teeth during night time is called Bruxism. A nightguard, or night guard, is an appliance much like a retainer that people put in their mouths to protect their teeth while they are sleeping. This device is commonly used by people who suffer from bruxism, or excessive nighttime tooth grinding or clenching. This grinding and clenching puts pressure on the jaw, which can cause temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, severe headaches, ear pain, and neck pain as well as causing excessive wear to the teeth. visit an oral surgeon or prosthodontist for this.
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Biting or grinding of teeth during night time is called Bruxism. Bruxism also usually called "Wasting Disease of Teeth" as it causes undue grinding of teeth. With this probalm teeth become more flat and sharp and it also causes sore muscles of mastication and pain in head. This problem can be cured with the help of a night guard( Hard or Soft). This is a appliance wore at night time. This prevents teeth from grinding with each other. Root canal treatment is relatively safe procedure and helps to save your damaged tooth and if properly done the tooth will serve you for years to come. So dont worry and go for root canal Treatment.
Dentist Dr. E. Bharathikannan's  Response
hello,
bruxism can be due to excessive caffiene intake, stress, over activity of masticatory muscle. it can be treated by occlusal splints. weaing it during sleep prevents teeth damage. take care. happy smile
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