How much trouble can a tendency to grind your teeth really cause you? People who tend to grind or clench their jaw without thinking often engage in this habit while they sleep. That persistent pressure can create problems like TMJ disorder, damage teeth, and frequently make your mornings uncomfortable. At our Shrewsbury, MA dental practice, we can take on the problems you have with teeth grinding, a habit often referred to as bruxism, and help you stop further trouble from occurring. For patients suffering this condition, we can provide custom appliances that stop grinding and clenching from taking place. If you have had ongoing struggles with teeth grinding, we are prepared to help restore teeth that have been damaged from the pressure placed on them.
1. You Can Suffer From Headaches, Facial Discomfort, And Other Pains
TMJ disorder and bruxism are often linked. While some people start grinding their teeth because of unresolved jaw problems, others create problems with their jaw because of unresolved teeth grinding. If you begin to suffer TMJ disorder, you can start to suffer frequent headaches, and you may deal with chronic pain in your face and neck. As these problems continue to affect you, they can affect your mood, your concentration, and your general ability to enjoy your daily life.
2. Your Teeth Can Start To Show Signs Of Damage
Even though our teeth are remarkably strong, they can start to show signs of wear and tear if you grind them frequently. Your smile can be negatively affected as your teeth begin to look flattened, or generally worn down. At this point, your dentist can recommend conservative cosmetic dental work to restore the appearance of your teeth. If the problem continues without treatment, you can eventually experience damage that might affect your oral health, and your ability to bite and chew. At this point, dental crowns may be appropriate for restoring your smile.
3. Jaw Movement Can Become Difficult Over Time
If you continue to put stress on your jaw joints and muscles by grinding your teeth at night, you can develop some difficulties with basic movements. Laughing, eating, and speaking can start to feel uncomfortable for you most days as the problem persists. The appliance provided by our dental office can stop you from creating stress on your jaw, so this problem can be relieved.
Talk To Modern Dentistry Of Shrewsbury About Your Teeth Grinding Habit
Modern Dentistry Of Shrewsbury is ready to provide you with a custom appliance to stop nighttime teeth grinding from affecting your smile and quality of life. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pizzi, Dr. Mehdi, and colleagues by calling our office at (508) 842-8838. In addition to offering treatment for bruxism, we can help you restore teeth, improve your smile, and maintain your dental health.