Posts for: January, 2015

By Bergmann & Hohm Dental
January 12, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Teeth Grinding  

If you grind your teeth, you may suffer from a host of problems without even realizing it.

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common condition that up to 30% of people deal with at some point in their lives. However, many people are not aware that they suffer from this problem because they are either asleep while it is happening or Dental Healthbecause their tooth grinding or jaw clenching has become an ingrained habit. Bruxism also has somewhat manageable short-term symptoms, such as headaches or jaw clicking, that don't usually prompt a visit to your Oconomowoc dentist. The long-term consequences, however, tend to be much more painful and expensive to fix.

Hypersensitivity

Consistent agitation of the tooth surfaces can cause severe damage over time. You may notice your teeth becoming increasingly sensitive to heat or cold, which is a result of the protective enamel wearing away abnormally quickly and small cracks developing.

Loose teeth

Grinding your teeth doesn't just affect their surfaces. The tissues that connect teeth to the bone surrounding them, called periodontal ligaments, can become inflamed and weakened with constant pressure, making it difficult to bite down. This can also loosen teeth and damage previous restorations, resulting in an entirely different set of dental issues.

Pain

As oral clenching continues untreated, chronic headaches may develop. The friction in the temporomandibular joints (where the jaw is hinged on each side) can present as pain from around or inside the ear. Some sufferers notice a decreased ability to open the mouth when eating or yawning.

Often the symptoms of teeth grinding can be alleviated by a retainer worn at night or simple exercises. So if your sleeping partner has commented on the scraping or tapping noise you make during sleep, or if you are noticing some subtle changes in your teeth or jaw, call and make an appointment with your east central Wisconsin dentist today.




Okauchee, WI Dentist
Bergmann & Hohm Dental Group
N50W34770 Wisconsin Ave.
Okauchee, WI 53069
(262) 567-0770

 

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