The Long-Term Effects of Bruxism
Bruxism is another word for teeth grinding, and as you can imagine, it is not good for you or your teeth. If you have been grinding your teeth for a number of years, you probably already have symptoms such as headaches, sinus pain, stiffness in the neck and shoulders, and poor quality sleep.
Don’t risk the long-term consequences of teeth grinding. Bruxism treatments are available from your dentist in Prosper, TX.
What Does Teeth Grinding Do to Your Teeth?
Grinding inflicts a large amount of pressure on your teeth, causing tooth decay and undue wear. It can also make your gums swollen.
If you have crowns or fillings, the teeth grinding can cause damage, meaning they will have to be replaced.
As time goes on, your teeth can start to shift because of all the pressure. You might need orthodontics to fix your teeth, or you might even risk losing your teeth if you do not seek treatment. Other potential problems included cracked teeth, gum recession, and worn front teeth.
What Does Teeth Grinding Do to Your Body?
People who grind their teeth for many years often suffer with chronic pain, particularly in the muscles of the face. The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ—the hinge that enables you to open and close your mouth—can also become inflamed. Jaw dislocation is also a possibility if sufferers do not seek treatment.
Tooth grinding can also cause debilitating migraines with their own set of painful symptoms.
What Are Some Treatment Options for Teeth Grinding?
If you know or suspect you might be grinding your teeth, visit your dentist to talk about treatment. Your dentist can prescribe a custom-made mouthguard you can wear while you sleep to protect your teeth from the effects of bruxism.
Your dentist will also talk to you about reasons for the tooth grinding, such as undue stress or tension in your daily life. An exercise plan might help. If a sleep disorder is suspected, you might be referred to a sleep specialist.
Call Us Today about Bruxism Treatment
Don’t risk your oral health and overall well-being because of tooth grinding. Call Dr. Patel about bruxism treatment in Prosper, TX, today!