Tooth pain can be the worst pain. Believe me, I know.
As for tooth grinding, I used to go out with a young lady that would grind her teeth while asleep. The sound was very much like fingers on a chalk board. At the time we were sleeping together in a single bed. The sound would keep me up all night. This was long before I found out about earplugs.
A dental tech told me that it might have something to do with a calcium deficiency. The theory was that by grinding your teeth you got small flakes of calcium . I think that’s a load of crap but, hey it was the 1970s.
She also snored real bad. To the point that I’d hold her nose shut and she’d eventually turn over and grind to towards the wall. Don’t judge me. You would too.
The solution in this particular case was to break up with her. I’m guessing this doesn’t help much. Whatever.
Edit: As far as losing teeth, I’ve lost about half of mine. How, you might ask, did you do that Rich? Thanks for asking. I have been taking Dilantin, an anti-seizure drug since 1992. Right after I was hit by a car and had brain surgery to remove bone fragments from my brain. Something I was not told was hat Dilantin can cause tooth loss. I actually lived for almost 15 years thinking that I just wasn’t flossing or brushing the right way.
At some point, now and then, I would have a tooth get loose. And after a while it would just fall out. My dentist told me it was my hygiene. When I moved to Florida, I got a new doctor who asked me how long I had been on Dilantin. I told him. He asked do you have gum or tooth issues. I smiled at him. That was the turning point.
I stopped taking Dilantin. My teeth, the ones that I still have, are solid and healthy. Fuck NY doctors. I lost half my teeth to a dick who didn’t just check the damn PDR on his desk.