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Types of Damage to Expect If You Grind Your Teeth
Posted on 11/9/2020 by Jeannie Molato, DDS
Grinding the teeth occasionally, while not good, will not lead to the damage that results when you habitually grind your teeth. Most people don't know they grind their teeth because they do so at night while they are sleeping. If you notice any wear of your tooth's enamel or experience facial pain, you may have a problem with bruxism, which is the dental term for teeth grinding.
How Bruxism Can Damage the Teeth
If you grind your teeth, you will eventually discover the problem if a diagnosis is not made first. Many people with bruxism experience damage that impacts their fillings, the biting surfaces of their teeth, their bridgework, or their dentures. For example, grinding can cause restorations to loosen or lead to decay around or beneath a filling, inlay, or onlay. Some people grind their teeth so much that their teeth end up becoming stubs. In addition, because the enamel is worn down or the material for a restoration is affected, you can have problems with your bite. Chewing, indeed, can become difficult when bruxism affects the bite. Moreover, teeth grinding can lead to problems with the fit of dentures or partials, and can lead to gingival infections.
How Bruxism Affects Your Physical and Mental Well-being
Because of the damage bruxism does to your teeth, it can also impact how you feel psychologically. In most cases the condition results from stress, which can also lead to low self-esteem. To combat the problem of bruxism, you may have to practice cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which can lower your levels of stress, and help you think more logically. It also helps to consume less alcohol and caffeine, and to work at eating more healthily by focusing on softer and nutrition-rich foods.
If you believe you have bruxism, give us a call to review your treatment options. Many patients wear night guards so they will not damage their teeth further. Let us help you find a solution that will improve your dental health and ultimately restore your smile and self-confidence. Give us a call today for further details.