Bruxism is the formal name for the constant, unconscious grinding of your teeth. Though commonly referred to as a habit, the truth is that bruxism is a chronic condition, and patients who experience it often can’t stop even if they wanted to. The good news is that your dentist can likely treat your condition with a custom-designed oral appliance, which you can wear at night and remains comfortably enough not to interrupt your sleep. The bad news, though, is that if you hesitate, then your teeth and smile could experience devastating results.
1. Wearing down your teeth
As your teeth relentlessly rub together from bruxism, the repeated friction and pressure can quickly wear down the chewing surfaces of your teeth. This may be minor at first, but the more your teeth become worn, the weaker they’ll be against bruxism pressure in the future. This means they’ll be at a higher risk of becoming damaged, and in addition, they can make it harder for you to bite and chew comfortably.
2. Throwing your bite off balance
When your teeth are worn down, they can no longer meet other squarely when you bite down. The worse the condition gets, the more difficult it will be for your jaw and bite to function properly. Besides the discomfort of a crooked bite, this can also increase your risks of developing a serious jaw dysfunction.
3. Leading to TMJ disorder
The more work it takes for your jaw to move, the more strained your jaw’s joints and muscles will be. Before long, this strain can lead to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, in which your jaw’s joints can’t function properly and the act of biting and chewing can become extremely painful.
Find Out How to Protect Your Smile from Bruxism
While unchecked bruxism can prove disastrous for your oral health, your dentist can help you protect your smile with custom-designed treatment. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.