On Weds. 12/27, I had my first crown (temp for now) put on my left lower furthest back molar. There was a LOT of drilling. I went in at 4 and was told I'd be out around 4:45 but it was really 5:20 when I was set free from the chair of doom. (I love my dentist so far but this stunk.)
The reason I relay this story of woe is that I cracked my tooth grinding it in my sleep, despite wearing a night guard, ack! Of course after I found out that I had cracked THAT tooth, I remembered the night guard was cracked in that spot before I broke the tooth
Of course, night guards being like $350, I was not in a big hurry to rush out and replace it. Duh, so now I'm paying $450 for the crown! Thank God I just got dental insurance this year or it'd be $915! (EGADS!)
While I await my "real" crown, due to arrive in 3 weeks...
My first question to all you lovely happy toothed people is: Is it normal to still have a pretty good amount of pain 3 days post-appointment?
I mean, I can chew really soft foods on it if it ends up there in my mouth, but I am trying to chew only on the right side of my mouth. Even not chewing, it feels like a constant dull ache. Is this discomfort normal after getting a temp crown glued on? (I am planning on calling my dentist Tuesday but I thought I'd ask you all too, you being more unbiased then my dentist may be.)
And my other question is: has anyone had any luck with STOPPING their teeth grinding?
If so, how? Exercise? Meditation? I've even recently read that getting enough Magnesium can stop teeth-grinding!
A French dentist did a study where he found 150 mg of Magnesium a day stopped it... So needless to say, I am making sure for the past couple days that my Mg uptake is solid
It might take 5 months I read to halt it, but God, that'd be awesome!
I'm getting paranoid that I will have little white bumps for teeth in 10 years!
I have been grinding them for years; first had it pointed out to me by a dentist around 1995 when he said I was flattening my teeth. The problem is getting worse, my jaw aches most days, my teeth are getting tilted in towards my tongue, and obviously, there must be a heck of a ton of pressure if I cracked a molar. I am almost at my wit's end... the only time I don't do this is when I go on vacation. Maybe I just need to go sit at Thich Nhat Hahn's feet and focus on Zen.
I'm honestly not exaggerating when I say I almost cry over this. It's so frustrating to have this unconscious and powerfully destructive habit! Argh!!!
Much thanks to anyone with answers!