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A female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Stone
Dentistry 30 years experience
It : It is quite common for children, especially young ones, to grind their teeth at night. It is 'kiddy' stress relief. There really is nothing you can do about it. You should not worry about it if the child otherwise sleeps well. It does not come from germs in the stomach. Sometimes the child will grow out of the habit, but if the habit continues to adulthood a nightguard can be made. There really is no nightguards for children. An orthodontist can make an appliance, but that is in extreme cases.
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A member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Stone
Dentistry 30 years experience
You : You probably have seen this answer already, but it most likely is because the bite is 'high' on the crown. A simple bite adjustment by your dentist will take care of it. If it is still painfull about a day or so after the bite adjustment, more may be going on.
A member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Stone
Dentistry 30 years experience
Although : Although teeth can become sensitive to temperature changes, and this can be normal, an ache in the teeth should be addressed by a dentist. As i say, it may be nothing, but it may be cavities that are growing in some parts of the teeth, and do need treatment.
A member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Stone
Dentistry 30 years experience
Short : Short terms use of a store bought nightguard can be okay, but they generally are bothersome, and people end up not using them. If there is any way to come up with the money for the dentist fitted nightguard, i would go for it. A professionally made nightguard can save you money later on broken teeth and jaw problems associated with grinding your teeth at night.
A member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Stone
Dentistry 30 years experience
Nausea : Nausea is probably not an allergy symptom. Although an allergy may be possible, I have not heard of true allergies to nitrous oxide. Your symptoms are probably related to feeling lightheaded after you stop breathing the nitrous.
A member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Stone
Dentistry 30 years experience
Small : Small 'chips' in a porcelain veneer can be repaired with composite or 'bonding' material....However, the color match may not be good between the porcelain and composite material. If a large piece of a veneer has broken off, or the gumline has risen, exposing the root, a new veneer should be done.
A member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Stone
Dentistry 30 years experience
I : I assume when you say 'laser' whitening, you mean zoom or britesmile whitening. This is not a laser, but a strong light. I tell patients it is normal to need 'touch-up's' about every 6 months with takehome trays to keep the smile bright. Heavy coffee/tea/smokers may need to use the takehome trays a bit more often.
A member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Stone
Dentistry 30 years experience
A : A cracked crown can and should be replaced. If the tooth under the crown is cracked, then the situation is different.
A member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Stone
Dentistry 30 years experience
The : The one thing you do not want to clean a nightguard with is toothpaste/toothbrush. This can be abrasive to the guard, and bacteria/stain can accumulate very quickly. I advise warm-soapy water. Using a little bit of hand soap and rinsing it off completely is what is best.
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