Over time, dental wear and tear can leave you susceptible to cavities and dental damage. Our Lincoln Park dentists know that it is better, and easier, to prevent serious dental problems, rather than treat them when they pop up.
So today we are going to be discussing one condition that really takes a toll on teeth over time—bruxism.
What is bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition in which the dental patient habitually clenches or grinds his or her teeth. This can happen in the day, but often patients grind their teeth at night, as they are asleep, without even realizing it.
Every time that a patient grinds or clenches his or her teeth, they put themselves at risk of enamel thinning, and dental breakage.
What kinds of problems are associated with bruxism?
If you suffer from bruxism, you might find yourself suffering from:
Dental enamel that is thinning over time (this makes it less resistant to oral bacteria, and thus prone to cavities)
Dental damage—breakage and chips—due to the pressure that your teeth put on each other.
Jaw and neck pain—as you grind your teeth together your temporomandibular joints are put under stress. This can lead to pain and muscle strains in your jaw joints and in your neck.
Uneven bite surfaces—over time continual dental grinding can wear your teeth down unevenly. Your teeth may no longer fit together comfortably when you bite, chew, and smile.
The good news is that there are treatments that you can employ in order to minimize the harmful effects of bruxism. A protective oral appliance that the patient wears at night, for example, can protect your dental surfaces from damage and deterioration.
If you have more questions about bruxism or dental damage in general, please don’t hesitate to call our Lincoln Park dentists to get more information!