Pain in teeth

More than an aching jaw, I am beset with chronic tooth pain from grinding my teeth at night. The involved teeth (on just one side) are at best sensitive to hot, cold, and sweets, and at worst, ache even without them touching. The teeth I am having the problem with have crowns.

My dentist has x-rayed the teeth to look for decay but has not found any. There is great sensitivity near the gum line and my teeth usually ache during the day. I do not, however, experience the sharp pain of a typical toothache. but rather a dull and persistent aching. I wore braces when I was young but my bite has never seemed exactly right, though my dentist perseveres in trying to help the situation.

I do not want to exacerbate the problem by wearing an ill-fitting night guard. Do you think I should try a commercial night guard or ensure possibly greater success with a custom made night guard?

Thank you for your advice.

Yours truly,
Laurie Dickerson

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Painful teeth/night guards
by: Dr. Spainhower

Hello Laurie,

Thank you for participating in this question/answer blog.

Your best bet with an OTC guard are the SmartGuards. If you have a bad bite...your jaw alignment may cause worse pain with the generic OTC commercial night guards.

The SmartGuard was designed to limit the pain causing problems that exist with night guards and bites.

The SmartGuard and other commercial OTC guards are much less to purchase compared to custom made guards. So, the risk if failure with them is lower than the custom made guard.

The Dentist custom made splints will work, but can be expensive. Either choice is a good choice for the money you spend.

Here is a link to view OTC commercial night guards.

Good luck,


Dr. Spainhower

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