Man placing a red bite plate in his mouth to protect his teeth at night from grinding caused by bruxism close up view of his hand and the appliance

3 Common Side Effects of Teeth Grinding

Bruxism or teeth grinding is a condition where a person begins to clench, gnash and grind their teeth without any prominent reason. This can happen while a person is awake or even during sleep. The latter is known as sleep bruxism. This is a sleeping disorder and may require a doctor’s visit. 

The effects of teeth grinding may include tired and tight jaw muscles, facial pain, soreness and neck pain. A few people also suffer from earaches, mild to dull headaches and may also cause trouble in chewing while in wakefulness. In this blog post, we outline common side effects of teeth grinding: 

1. The potential loss of tooth/ teeth:

Your teeth can become flattened, chipped or fractured after continuous grinding. Continuous grinding can also lead to tooth loss. Your teeth will eventually start to wear out or crack. It starts shedding layer by layer. Not to forget, a flattened tooth cannot be repaired, but you may need to go for veneers. On the other hand, getting a fracture fixed or the potential removal of a badly cracked tooth can be costly as well. 

2. Micro-cracks that can lead to potential nerve damage:

The natural wear and tear of the human body over time will cause approximately 0.3 mm of enamel loss in a decade. Grinding teeth can lead to rapid loss of the enamel as this makes the teeth prone to flaking and then cracking. If these are left untreated, the issue will, in turn, begin to affect the nerves, and you may require immediate dental care owing to the urgency.

3. Dysfunctions and disorders:

One of the adverse effects of bruxism is that people with this disorder can develop TMJ related dysfunctions. The term stands for temporo-mandibular joints. If these joints become infected, they can cause pain in your jaw joints, and hinder in harmonious jaw movement. As long as your sleep bruxism continues, this pain will only worsen off.

Many reasons can lead to someone being affected by bruxism or sleep bruxism. These factors include:

1.       Age group

2.       Stress

3.       Personality – Nervous or hyperactive

4.       Medications

5.       Family history

Nonetheless, the causes, effects and the restorative procedures; all of them will leave you in immense pain and be heavy on your pockets.

If you believe that you may grind your teeth at night or know for sure, don’t hesitate to reach out to Louis I. Freeman DDS in Skokie, IL for a consultation. There are a variety of great options to safeguard your smile from the effects of teeth grinding. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can reach our friendly staff at (847) 675-7040 or fill out an online appointment request form and we will be in touch shortly.

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