Bruxism, or the constant grinding of your teeth, can be a serious problem when you allow it to continue for too long. It’s true that your teeth and jaws were meant to clench and grind without sustaining damage. But, when there’s no food between them, the intense bite pressure can significantly wear down and damage your healthy tooth structure. Today, we take a look at what happens when you constantly grind your teeth, and how your dentist can help you avoid most of the more serious consequences.
The Dangers of Bruxism
Of the many potential dangers your smile can face, bruxism is one of the less obvious until it starts to cause significant damage. For instance, you might not notice that you grind your teeth so much because many patients do it most often while they sleep. However, they might notice their teeth growing sensitive as the enamel is ground away, or their bites feeling off as their teeth’s chewing surfaces start wearing down. By then, your teeth may have suffered enough damage to require significant restoration.
What to Do About It
Once you know you have bruxism, treating it will depend on several factors, including how much damage your teeth have already sustained (if any). If your teeth are significantly worn or damaged, then you may need an appropriate number of restorations such as porcelain crowns or veneers to rebuild the tooth structure. To protect your teeth and restoration, your dentist can also suggest a custom-designed bruxism appliance to stop your teeth from grinding together as you sleep.
Call Us if You Grind Your Teeth Too Much
When you grind your teeth constantly, the resulting pressure and friction can cause increasingly worse damage to your teeth and a progressively more severe impact on your oral health. 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 Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.