Everyone occasionally grinds or clenches their teeth. Stress, anxiety, and worry are often linked with clenching and grinding, and when it only happens periodically, your teeth can withstand this pressure.
Bruxism, however, is a condition in which teeth grinding and clenching happen frequently, and it can be traumatic to your teeth. Many people who struggle with bruxism clench and grind while they sleep and can suffer a variety of consequences.
Fortunately, Kenneth Cho, your dentist in La Habra, CA, has options to help treat grinding so you can avoid these serious problems:
1. Worn down teeth
Over time, the pressure from grinding your teeth will cause the structure of the tooth to erode. When this happens, your teeth become sensitive and more prone to cavities and infection. Plus, your bite can change, which leads to a whole host of other uncomfortable problems.
1. Worn down teeth
The excessive wear and tear can cause your teeth to actually break. Some teeth split while others break into chunks. Depending on the breakage, we may be able to treat a fracture with a crown, but sometimes broken teeth have to be extracted.
3. Headaches and jaw pain
Many people struggle with constant pain associated with clenching and grinding. The pressure is linked to migraines and can also be a factor in the development of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD).
4. Gum recession
Constant grinding is associated with gum recession and periodontal disease. Gum recession causes your teeth to look longer as the gums pull back. This leads to sensitivity and an increased risk of cavities. Additionally, the pockets created by recession provide a home for bacteria, which can lead to a chronic periodontal infection.
5. Sleep disruption
The noise, sensation, and discomfort from clenching and grinding can negatively impact your sleep. And it’s not just your sleep that is affected – your partner may also be struggling! Problems sleeping can lead to moodiness, increased risk of accidents, and troubles at work. If your partner’s sleep is affected, you may find that you are no longer able to share a bedroom, which can impact your relationship.
You don’t have to put up with these problems. An NTI appliance holds your teeth apart while you sleep to prevent grinding and all of its implications. Call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kenneth Cho to see if this is a treatment solution for you.