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Old 03-13-2012, 08:57 AM   #1
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Cracked tooth from grinding teeth

I've been grinding my teeth at night for many years. The past few weeks it's been so bad that it wakes me up in the middle of the night. About 2 weeks ago, I think my teeth grinding caused me to crack a tooth. I'm in some pain, but it's tolerable. I noticed this morning, my tooth is starting to turn dark. I assume that means it's rotting away. I don't mind if I have to get it pulled, since it's a molar and in the back of my mouth. I'm just worried that it's turning black. Has anyone else experienced something similar to this...?

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Re: Cracked tooth from grinding teeth

it's turning black because the tooth is dying. you need to get it pulled or you may be able to save it with a root canal if it hasn't gone too far yet. you need to get a mouth guard for sleeping at night. usually people that grind have a lot of tension and it doesn't go away in our sleep. you should get your tooth checked as soon as possible and also ask your dentist to check the joints in your jaw. there's something called....TMJ. it's to do with the jaw and joints in the jaw. let me know, what your dentist says okay.

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Re: Cracked tooth from grinding teeth

I also grind my teeth, and I have for decades. I'm 51 yrs old, and I've known I grind my teeth since I was in my mid-20s. It gets worse when I'm under stress. I do remember at one point in my life I was particularly stressed, and I was grinding my teeth so bad at night, my jaws would ache the next morning and I couldn't even open my mouth to eat, much less chew anything! Not long after that episode, I noticed a small lump at the base of one of my teeth. I totally freaked out, thinking I had some sort of mouth cancer! It was hard, but it didn't really hurt, and I made an appointment for the dentist. That tooth had at one time had a root canal, so I refered to a specialist. Turned out, I evidently ground my teeth so hard I cracked it, and the "stuff" they fill the tooth with after a root canal had leaked out and was the cause of the lump at the base of the tooth. I ended up loosing the tooth.

A tooth turning dark is cause for concern, and you should have it checked out. A dentist might be able to save it with a root canal, maybe not. But do get it checked out.

Also, if you grind your teeth at night, you can get a night guard to wear while you sleep. I have one I wear. My dentist made mine, but there are products you can buy at a pharmacy.

Good luck!

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