I cracked a tooth, I have worn down my canines, and I have pain in the teeth behind my canines, all from grinding my teeth.
I asked my dentist for a night guard. He gave me lots of advice (which I’ll share, of course), then told me to go away and think about it before I asked him again for one. He said there are two kinds of night guards – soft and hard – and it can take some experimenting to find the kind that’s right for me. He said that many people find it difficult to use a night guard, and one of the dangers (particularly with the soft kind) is that it actually encourages tooth-grinding/clenching, because now your teeth have something to gnaw on. He said the tooth-grinding has its basis in psychological issues (like stress) and that a better solution is controlling the stress.
Then he laughed and said that he grinds his teeth, can’t seem to control the stress, and spits his night guard out, so I should take his advice with a grain of salt. I went away and thought about it, and am now attempting to control the tooth grinding with the power of my mind.
Sattua, maybe you should try the other kind of nightguard? I can’t tell from your description whether you have the soft or the hard kind (I think it’s hard), but maybe a different kind would help. The drugstore also sells “night guards” for about $20 (I’m sure you get what you pay for), but maybe you could see if there’s one there that might help. I don’t remember, but I think those might be the soft kind. Good luck.
Incidentally, I had to get a crown to replace the tooth I’d cracked through grinding/clenching. While I had a temporary in, I didn’t grind or clench at night. Not because my life wasn’t stressful right then, but because I was too worried about popping out the temp. So that taught me that I can control it, but I need to focus.
How’s it going since then? Uh . . . let’s just say my mind isn’t cooperating just yet, but I have hope that I’ll get better at it.