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How Does Biting Down Onto Something Like Mouth Guard Help With Pain
Night Guard: First, there is a difference between a Mouth\Sports Guard which is used to protect the teeth from traumatic injury & a Night Guard\Bruxism appliance. Only if pain is as a result of bruxism, overclosure, parafunctional habits, etc. Can it reduce or eliminate the associated pain. It's aim is to reduce stress & pressure on the teeth, supporting periodontal structures & muscles & joints. ...Read more
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
Can't stop biting inside of lips mouth guard too big to wear at work call center would Invisalign help me stop? It's anxiety and am on meds
Probably not: Discuss your problem with your Dentist oran Orthodontist. There are many barrier alliances that may be effective, but Invisalign will not prevent lip biting. Important to address the cause of your problem. Seek care from mental health practitioner, particularly a behavior therapist. ...Read more
How can buxim (teeth grinding, biting, & clenching) at night be helped without the use of a mouth guard? (sensory issues... Guard would prevent sleep)
Possibly: There are a number of possible causes for bruxism as well as different modalities of treatment that may or may not involve a mouth guard. You need to have a thorough dental exam with the appropriate studies to determine possible causes of your bruxism. If you do require an appliance there are different types of appliances that can be utilized that may allow you to sleep comfortably. ...Read more
When biting down onto something hard, there is an audible click in my jaw, whereafter I cannot open, nor close, my mouth, accompanied by pain in temple and ear.
Joint blockage: There is a very thin piece of cartilage that sits between the jaw bone in the joint in front of the ear and the skull. From your description, the cartilage has moved and now is blocking the normal movements in the joint. This blockage can cause pain and poor opening and closing of joint. You should make an appointment with a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to evaluate your joint ...Read more
My mouth is painful when I open it wide&really painful when biting down, feels like my mouth is swelling. Could this be wisdom teeth coming in? I'm 21
Possible: If your wisdom tooth is only partially erupted, then there is a flap of gum tissue that can easily get irritated and infected causing pain and swelling. The other possibility is that it could be TMJ syndrome. You should be evaluated by your dentist. ...Read more
Jaw makes a clicking sound when opening and closing mouth. Also pain behind left ear when biting down on something. What could it be?
Jaw clicking: Most likely a condition called TMJ. Better see your dentist ...Read more
Random swollen painful gums over 2 teeth causing extreme pain to side of mouth. Area looks red and feels bruised when biting down?
INFECTION: What you describe is characteristic of a dental infection, most likely from the death of the nerves and tissues within the tooth or teeth. These types of situations can go downhill very vast and even spread to other areas of the body causing very serious complications so get an appointment with a dentist ASAP! If your face swells or you get a fever, and you can't get to a dentist, consider ER! ...Read more
Pain when biting down on teeth while eating. Especially when foods are slippery like kimchi. Don't feel a solid grip on these foods but I was ok before?
Difficult to say: Have you had trauma to mouth area? If not it could be wisdom teeth every prong causing slight movement that affects your bite. You also might be grinding at night and have altered the normal bite with wear. See your dentist for x-ray eval, eval for grinding & possible minor bite adjustment. ...Read more
I have been experiencing pain in my tongue. No noticeable sores or spots, but a sensation like knotting of the muscle and shooting pins pain if I put pressure like biting down gently in that area.
It would be very: Unlikely to die from biting one's lip. However, if an infection developed in that area, that went untreated - theoretically it might lead to death. This is all not likely to occur. ...Read more
My tongue is bruised on both sides from biting down on it while I'm unaware. How can I stop this?
Visit a dentist: Go to your Dentist or ortho dentist to get a consultation. You will benefit from getting your occlusal corrected. It is aligning your teeth and jaw to make sure that you don't over hit or over bite ...Read more
What can cause upper right teeth from becoming extremely sensitive when biting down following a dental cleaning. This has never happened before.?
I note in your history several sinus scans. The Maxillary Sinus is right above the upper teeth and an inflamed sinus can make the teeth sore.
Give it a week and if the symptoms are still present, check with your ENT. If the sinus is clear, go see your dentist. Good luck. ...Read more
At night my teeth just seem to hurt, biting down on things causes pain and discomfort, it only happens at night while im in bed what is wrong?
Possibly: Nail biting is a type of parafunction, or outside of the normal functioning and use of the teeth. Repeatedly doing this over years can cause weakening of the teeth, similar to biting pencils or using your teeth to open bags or holding a needle. Coupled with clenching and grinding, bad bite relationships, and weakened enamel or loss of enamel, the destruction can be significant. ...Read more
I have braces. The right side of my teeth touch when biting down but the other side doesn't really. What can help?
Work in progress: Sometimes teeth will touch, at other times they won't, during the course of your tooth movement. Perfectly normal The longer you are in treatment the better your occlusion will become. Bring your question up to your treating Dentist or specialist Orthodontist at your next regular appointment. They can give you a personalized time-table. ...Read more
I have been biting down on my tongue until its numb. Will this cause permanent damage? It can be numb and red for days after?
I recently got my braces tightened and they hurt really bad and I can't eat because biting down hurts my teeth what can I put on them to help?
What will happen if biting down on your upper lip, making the nose (cartilage) go down? Will the cartilage be damaged? If so what are the clues?
Why do my teeth snap together biting very hard down closed and sometimes biting my inner cheek uncontrollably in my sleep?
Malocclusion: Malocclusion between the upper and lower teeth is the most likely explanation. This can also be related to TMJ and bruxism which may explain the night time symptoms. Your dentist or oral surgeon can help. ...Read more
Pain right side jaw when opening too wide or biting down too hard. Pain there for more than a week. Is it my molar fillings or TMJ causing pain?
Vague: Depends upon how long ago you had dental treatment done. If recent, then your discomfort may be from the procedure and the fillings. If not, then you may have a TMJ/TMD issue or possibly exacerbated one that is appearing now. Need a history and thorough assessment. FGirst question your dentist. ...Read more
Can biting down clenching chewing TMJ cause premolars molars except last to turn and lean inwards. Avoid use front teeth because bonding. Roots anglein?
Yes: Heavy clench/grind can move teeth. See dentist for solution. ...Read more
My pre molar feels tender after having a chewy sweet. I have had root canal on this tooth few years ago if that helps. Slightly hurts when biting down?
Lower molar tooth hurts when biting down. Had root canal several years ago have filling. No crown. No sensitivity to head or cold. Thought?
With those issues: I would not go for a neurological visit as a first step. Find a dentist that treats TMJ issues. If your dentist does not treat tmj, seek a dentist who trained with the peter dawson center or the l d pankey institute. Tmj issues are many times related to malocclusion which affects jaw muscles. A thorough exam can confirm a diagnosis and help form a treatment plan. ...Read more
30 weeks pregnant and am biting down on my left cheek which becomes a little lumpy as my wisdom teeth are misaligned. Scared of oral cancer, please help?
Probably no concern: Cancer does not generally start from trauma. If the trauma was over a long, long period of time it is possible as the continual cycle of new repairitive cells being formed creates a higher chance of cell mutation which causes cancer. The texture of your tissues is due to the bite trauma and should heal when you stop biting it. ...Read more
I been biting my self inside the mouth all over and it doesn't hurt have been doing it for years can't seem to stop seem to like the blood. What is it?
Bad habit: Whether it is cheek and/or lip biting (like you) or nail biting, hair twirling, or any other habit, people often do these things initially to relieve stress. After a while they can "take a life of their own" and become a habit. Bad habits are hard to break and some people find professional counseling helpful in developing strategies to break a habit. ...Read more
Conscious effort: No miracles or making potions here. It requires a conscious effort. It's nothing more than a bad habit. Stress and anxiety can be a strong contributing factor. Try to reduce your stress and if necessary and if it's too overwhelming for you to handle, consult with a therapist. ...Read more
Can be difficult:
Biting your cheeks can be caused by a bad bite or clenching or grinding you teeth.
In some people it is just a habit and this is hard to break. It will take awareness on your part to determine when you are doing this. Once you know that it is easier to focus on the tome or events when you do this and gradually stop. ...Read more
Seek dental consult: Cheek biting could indicate a lack of a stable, repeatable chewing motion, which often can be related to bite problems including crossbites and premature tooth interferences. Repeated traumatic injuries to the lining of the cheek can lead to more serious problems. It is prudent to consult a dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more
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