Teeth grinding, or bruxism is a common yet often misunderstood dental condition that can have a significant impact on your oral health. The consequences of untreated bruxism can range from worn teeth to jaw pain and headaches. Learn more about the effects of this condition and how Lifetime Dental Excellence can help you.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition characterized by the grinding or clenching of teeth, often unconsciously. It can occur during the day (awake bruxism) or at night (sleep bruxism), with the latter being more common. Many individuals are unaware they have this condition until they experience symptoms or their dentist detects signs of wear and tear.
The Causes of Bruxism:
Bruxism can have several underlying causes, including:
- Stress and Anxiety
- Malocclusion (Misaligned Teeth)
- Sleep Disorders
- Lifestyle Factors
The Effects of Untreated Bruxism:
Bruxism can have a range of negative consequences:
- Tooth Damage: Grinding can wear down tooth enamel, leading to tooth sensitivity, fractures, and the need for dental restorations.
- Jaw Pain: Bruxism can cause jaw pain, stiffness, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
- Headaches and Earaches: The muscle tension from grinding can radiate pain to the head and ears.
- Sleep Disturbances: Sleep bruxism can lead to restless nights for both the person grinding and their sleep partner.
Don’t Worry, We Are Here to Help
Bruxism is a common dental condition with potentially serious consequences. At Lifetime Dental Excellence, we are dedicated to helping you understand and manage this condition. Our expertise, personalized care, and tailored solutions can provide relief and protect your smile from the harmful effects of teeth grinding. Don’t let bruxism go unchecked. Call 248-965-8166 or visit our Contact Page to book a dental appointment and get support on your journey to improved oral health.