Many people grind their teeth from time to time, often when they’re anxious or stressed. Occasional teeth grinding isn’t cause for concern, but if you’re grinding your teeth on a regular basis, you could be putting yourself at risk for serious oral health complications.
Teeth grinding, also called bruxism in the medical community, often goes unnoticed because it happens at night. Sometimes, people discover they grind their teeth at night because a spouse or family member hears them doing it. Another way to tell is if you’re suffering from a dull, constant headache or sore jaw, it’s an obvious sign of tooth grinding. You may also notice sensitivity in your teeth or damage to cheek tissue, as both are common symptoms of teeth grinding.
Why is Long-Term Teeth Grinding Harmful?
In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in a fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. Consistent teeth grinding may wear teeth down to stumps, causing a patient to need various dental procedures like implants, bridges, and even dentures.
Ongoing grinding of your teeth can affect your jaws, result in hearing loss, cause or worsen TMJ, and in some cases, even change the appearance of your face.
Let Healthy Smiles of Georgia Help
If you’re concerned about grinding your teeth and the effects it might have on your overall oral health, make an appointment with your Alpharetta dentist‘s office to come in for a consultation. We can fit you with an occlusal splint, or mouthguard, to help protect your teeth at night, as well as offer advice on how to manage anxiety or stress if it’s causing you to grind your teeth.