When they’re strong and healthy, your teeth shouldn’t feel much. The enamel that protects them stops your teeth’s main structures from being exposed to things like hot and cold beverages, harmful oral bacteria, and more. If your teeth do start to feel more than they should, then it may be a warning that they aren’t as strong and healthy as they should be. When you have a bruxism (or chronic teeth-grinding) problem, then you may start to feel specific changes in how your teeth feel, including these signs that could directly warn you that you grind your teeth too much.
They’re more sensitive to the touch
The main protective layer around your teeth is known as enamel, and it’s made almost entirely of minerals such as calcium and others. Unlike in other parts of your body, however, your teeth create highly resilient mineral strands to form their enamel, making it the most resilient substance your body produces. However, your teeth are no match for each other, and when you have bruxism, the constant pressure and friction of grinding your teeth will quickly wear down the enamel that protects them. As it does, your teeth will start to feel more sensitive to things like hot and cold temperatures, plaque and tartar buildup, bite pressure and more.
They feel worn-down, weak, and/or damaged
Once you grind away enough of your healthy tooth enamel, it may become too compromised to repair itself. Continuing to grind your teeth together will continue making them weaker and raise their risks of becoming more significantly worn-down or damaged. If you notice that your teeth look and/or feel less resilient than they used to be, it can be a sign that your bruxism has become enough a problem to impact other aspects of your oral health.
They feel off-balance when you bite and chew
The more you grind your teeth together, the more noticeable the damage to their structures can be. You may notice that your teeth don’t seem as long, or feel that they don’t meet each other as evenly as they used to when you bite down. This can be due to the extensive wearing down of their structures at the chewing surfaces, which changes how your upper and lower teeth meet when you bite down. If not addressed soon, this could also lead to the development of a jaw disorder known as TMJ disorder, which inhibits the function of your jaw’s temporomandibular joints (TMJs).
Learn how to stop grinding your teeth constantly
If you grind your teeth too much due to bruxism, then you’ll start feeling the effects on your teeth before long if you don’t address it soon. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.