Grinding... What does it mean?
by: Dental Assistant Team
All lot of people grind and clench their teeth from time to time. When teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can become damaged.
Because grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. Every day, we diagnoses patient with bruxism. In most cases patients do not know they are grinding, but we can see on their teeth evidence of the wear on thear of their teeth. While we cannot confirm if you are actively grinding, when there is evidence of grinding, something needs to be done to avoid the problem from recurring or continuing.
Very often, symptoms like a dull, constant headaches in the morning especially, or sore jaw and stiffness in the neck are symptom we can associate with a bruxer. Many times people learn that they grind their teeth by their loved one who hears the grinding at night, but most of the time a patient does not realize they do clench or grind their teeth.
Teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, it often occurs during the night and is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing tooth. In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in a fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. Chronic grinding may wear the patient's teeth down, showing some recession.
With time, and if not addressed, teeth can be reduced to almost no more teeth structure and the patient might require a full mouth reconstruction.
Not only can severe grinding damage teeth and result in tooth loss, it can also affect your jaws, and create what we call TMJ.
We can make a well constructed bite guard, custom made by a laboratory, as it has to be a hard plastic one. Soft guards you can find over-the-counter are soft and not recommended, as they prove to be promoting grinding.
If you find yourself grinding, try to train yourself not to clench or grind your teeth and position the tip of your tongue between your teeth. This practice trains your jaw muscles to relax, but we encourage you to talk to us about evaluating the grinding and talk about a bite guard.
A bite guard is the best treatment advised to stop the grinding and preserve the health of your teeth.
If you have any questions regarding this post, contact us at: 561-265-1998 , one of our representatives will be happy to assist you.
Article date: Apr. 09 2013
Type: Teeth Grinding
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County