Do you clench your teeth when you drive or concentrate on paying the bills? Are family members telling you that you grind your teeth loudly together all night long? Do you wake up with headaches or fatigued facial muscles in the morning? Then it’s a good chance that you have a severe grinding problem! Bruxism (teeth grinding) isn’t just annoying; it destroys your mouth. Here are 4 signs that your dentist looks for when it comes to evaluating how severe your grinding habit is:
Worn front teeth
If your front teeth are biting together end-to-end, you will experience advanced wear, especially if you’re a grinder. Our enamel should last us a lifetime, but premature tooth wear can mean damage to your teeth as well as your looks.
Flat cusps on back molar teeth
Our back teeth, the molars, take the majority of the force-bearing duties when it comes to bruxism. The earliest signs usually show worn down cusp tips on the chewing surfaces of the molars. These cusps are meant for grinding and chewing, but when worn against one another, they simply wear away.
Exposed root surfaces near the gumlines
The teeth can flex at the gumlines when severe chewing forces are present. When this happens over and over again, enamel along this area simply starts to chip away. Exposed root surfaces and what looks like broken or worn away enamel are all that is left.
Having your dentist make a bite splint for you to wear at night can protect your teeth from more wear. It will also prevent you from breaking your fillings from excessive grinding. All that is needed is a quick impression! Talk to your dentist today, before another day of wear sets in.
Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
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