Chronic grinding (bruxism) can interrupt a good night’s rest for both you and your sleep partner. It’s loud, annoying, and can keep you or your loved one from getting the deep sleep that you really need. Not only that, but it can also have a big impact on the health of your smile.
Grinding can cause premature dental wear.
Although teeth are extremely strong, when they wear against one another they can wear down sooner than they should. This will result in sharp, flat teeth, and a change in your normal biting patterns. Abnormal biting patterns can affect your diet, comfort, and the long-term health of your mouth.
Existing dental restorations can be damaged or fractured.
Restorations such as fillings, bridges, or crowns are suitable for normal wear. Unfortunately, they cannot withstand excessive pressure on a daily basis, and can begin to fracture, break, or wear thin. Portions of porcelain could possibly chip off, and this cannot be patched up. Rather, the entire restoration would need to be replaced.
Excess pressure and strain to the TMJ may occur.
Clenching and grinding your teeth produces strain and tension in the TMJ and the surrounding muscles. This can create headaches, muscle pain, and joint damage.
If you’ve been battling nighttime grinding, it’s time to talk to your dentist about getting a dental mouth guard or night guard. Night guards will prevent future wear of the teeth and reduce the pressure on your joints. They’re simple to make, and the benefits start the first night that you begin wearing your appliance. A night guard is one of the best pieces of insurance that you can get for your smile!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel
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