One of the keys to keeping your teeth healthy for years to come is to promptly recognize when dental problems pop up. The sooner that you can seek treatment for these issues, the better off you’ll be.
One dental problem that many people deal with, but don’t seek treatment for, is bruxism. Bruxism is essentially chronic, habitual dental grinding and clenching. This behavior may manifest during the day, especially during times of stress, or it my happen at night while you are asleep.
So, let’s talk about some of the problems that commonly arise due to persistent bruxism:
· Chronic dental grinding can lead to jaw pain/discomfort due to the strain that this problem puts on your temporomandibular joints
· Dental clenching and grinding may also cause pain in the back of the smile
· Bruxism can cause jaw alignment problems and TMJ issues
· Long-term bruxism causes dental enamel to thin, which puts your smile at risk (your smile becomes more susceptible to dental infection and fracture
· Dental grinding can also lead to sudden dental damage, cracks, and chips
· Patients who grind their teeth at night may also suffer from headaches, especially in the morning when they wake up
In order to avoid these issues, it is important that you seek treatment for bruxism in a timely manner. Bruxism treatment may involve wearing a protective oral appliance to protect your enamel surfaces. Additionally, your dentist may recommend further treatment to deal with underlying TMJ dysfunction or to reduce stress (which can lead to bruxism).
Our Lincoln Park dentists are here to answer all of your questions about preventive dental care in general, and bruxism specifically. So give our dental team a call to get started—you can also use our website to submit a question on the Contact Us page.