Long term issues with stress and potential undiagnosed allergies can cause some individuals to clench their jaw and grind their teeth while sleeping. This chronic condition which is also known as bruxism might seem mundane and mildly inconvenient at first. Yet when it goes unaddressed it can lead to significant oral health problems.
As time goes on the excessive force of clenching and grinding can potentially cause dental fractures on one or more of your teeth. This could also include damage to dental work like dental crowns, dental bridges and existing dental filling.
Once a tooth has been damaged the aberrations in the tooth enamel could start to accumulate bacterial deposits. This can significantly increase your chances of suffering a severe cavity in the compromised tooth.
Over time unaddressed bruxism might also contribute to muscular tension and latent inflammation in the temporomandibular joints. This could eventually increase your chances of suffering the pain, discomfort, and dysfunction of TMJ disorder.
Sometimes sleeping with a simple dental guard in your mouth can help protect your teeth while also reducing the stress on your temporomandibular joints. It is removable mouthpiece made from a special dental plastic.
When worn the dental guard will help cushion the biting surfaces of your teeth while also allowing a mild amount of slip. This can protect your tooth enamel from fractures while also helping to minimize the muscular tension of your temporomandibular joints.
If you live in the Roswell, Georgia, area and you have been grinding your teeth while sleeping you should call 678-878-2801 to schedule an appointment with a dentist like Dr. Samy Samaan and the staff at Royal Dental Spa.