Do you clench or grind your teeth? It might happen when you sleep, on your drive home from work, or even when you’re stressed out during the day. Chronic bruxism can cause a lot of problems for your smile. Here are 4 signs that you might notice if bruxism is a problem for your smile:
It’s easy to see how grinding your teeth could make your teeth flat. Even though tooth enamel is the strongest thing in your entire body, grinding teeth against one another can still make them wear down. You may see flat enamel in the front of your mouth or starting on the cusps of your back teeth.
Enamel Worn Away at the Necks of Your Teeth
As you grind your jaws together, your teeth will flex just a very small amount. This flexion occurs along the necks of your teeth. You may not notice it until a significant amount of grinding has occurred. At first you will see some mild gum recession, but then you will notice large notches in your enamel, almost as if someone was chipping away at your tooth just next to the gumlines.
Fillings and crowns will start to break, chip, or crack under too much pressure. Yes, these restorations are made to withstand normal biting and chewing, but if you have bruxism, that’s more pressure than teeth are made to withstand. It could mean you’re having to replace your dental restorations more often than normal.
Sore Jaws or Headaches
Muscle tension through your jaws and face can mean sore muscles or headaches when you wake up, or later throughout the day.
Wearing a protective splint or guard is a great way to protect your smile from bruxism. Get one from your dentist today!
Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
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