Effects of Tooth Grinding

07 Sep 2018

Effects of Tooth Grinding

Did you know that grinding your teeth at night can affect your oral health? The American Sleep Association estimates that ten percent of people suffer from tooth grinding, a condition called bruxism. Taking the necessary precautions to protect your teeth will translate into a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles!

Why Do People Grind Their Teeth?

Tooth grinding usually occurs during sleep and is more likely to result from the presence of missing or crooked teeth or an abnormal bite. It can also result from stress and anxiety, or from sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.

Effects of Tooth Grinding

When you grind your teeth, the pressure exerted is nearly ten times that of regular chewing. It can result in many problems, including fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. Bruxism can wear the enamel on your teeth, making them more sensitive to heat and cold. In some cases, grinding exposes the underlying layers of your teeth, increasing your risk of tooth decay.

People suffering from bruxism may experience changes in the way their teeth look due to wear. Their gums can also be affected due to the pressure pushing the teeth against the gums, eventually leading to gum recession. Once the gums recede, the roots of the teeth can become exposed, causing pain and gum pockets that can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

Not only can severe grinding damage teeth, but it can also cause a painful jaw condition called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD can lead to chronic jaw pain, headaches, or an inflamed case. Correcting the damage done to the jaw may require surgery.

How Can You Stop Teeth Grinding?

If you believe you suffer from bruxism, call us and make an appointment today. We will work with you to determine your best preventive options, including fitting you with a mouthguard to protect your teeth from grinding during sleep. If you are grinding your teeth due to stress or sleep apnea, we may recommend treatment options for these conditions.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Visit us at Scottsdale Esthetic & Implant Dentistry to learn more about how to manage bruxism and lower your risk of developing any complications. Our highly trained and experienced staff is committed helping you keep your teeth safe and healthy for years to come. Call us today!