If you clench and grind your teeth at night – you could be causing yourself a lot of problems. These problems can compound into other types of complications that affect more than just your teeth – they also affect your quality of life. Thankfully, Concord Woods Dental Group can help ease your concerns.
Wearing a night guard when you sleep can prevent the teeth from clenching and grinding together for hours at time, causing complications like:
The constant flexion of your muscles throughout the jaw and into the head can create chronic headaches. You may notice that they are most severe when you first wake up in the morning.
Overuse of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can create chronic pain and discomfort when you do something as simple as open and close your mouth. It may even become impossible to eat certain types of food. Without preventing the cause, irreversible joint destruction may occur.
Even though tooth enamel is the hardest substance throughout the entire body, it can still wear down. When teeth grind against one another, they become flat or even chipped. You may see this on your front teeth, biting edge to edge – or on the back teeth, becoming flatter in areas that should have tall cusps on the molars. At Concord Woods Dental Group we will also assess for tooth wear along the gumlines, due to hyper flexion of the tooth during grinding. Gum recession may be noted.
It goes without saying, but if your teeth wear out – so will your fillings and crowns. Protect your investment before they wear out prematurely!
If you suspect that you are grinding your teeth throughout the night, or have had someone tell you that you do – call Concord Woods Dental Group. Our dentists will examine your muscles and teeth to see whether or not you are grinding. We can have you in a protective, custom fitted guard in no time!