woman pain in teethWhether you are aware of it or not, millions of adults every year are affected by dental decay in one form or another. This means that not only is it a major threat, but given the versatility and variations in infection, it can be the biggest concern that most face! For others, however, this is minor in comparison to a jaw dysfunction that can affect one’s oral health. In today’s blog, your Silver City, NM dentist will take a look at the negative effects of chronic teeth grinding and how it can lead the way to functional complications.

Unconscious Teeth-Grinding

Bruxism – also known as chronic grinding – can affect people of all ages and at any time, but it is most common to occur at night while one is asleep. It can be brought on by a number of factors, including environmental stressors, internal anxieties or stress, or other reason.

If left unchecked, this phenomenon can become constant in nature and cause a variety of concerns, from functional to structural.

Not only that but the act of rubbing oral structures together while clenching can cause physical damage. This damage includes chips, cracks, and more, and essentially offers a way for harmful bacteria to come in and cause infection within your grin. If you suspect that you are experiencing bruxism or would like to learn more about this process, reach out to our team today.

Functional and Structural Problems

Some common signs or symptoms of teeth grinding include a sore jaw, tension, and difficulty opening the mouth properly for activities such as speaking or eating. In addition to this, you may begin to develop a sensation of popping or clicking in the jaw. When it comes to these concerns, however, be wary – the longer you wait, the worse the situation could get, meaning it is important to act sooner rather than later and seek treatment efficiently.

It Can be Indicative of or Lead to Bigger Concerns

One of the bigger concerns that can arise from chronic grinding includes the development of TMJ disorder. This is a jaw dysfunction in which the lower mandible becomes misaligned with the two temporomandibular joints (TMJs) at which it hinges. When this occurs, you will experience significant popping and clicking, and may even feel pain and tension as your jaw attempts to correct the situation. What’s more, the longer this occurrence goes on, the more likely you are to suffer from severe damage.

Fortunately, splint therapy and a custom oral appliance may be able to help. With splint therapy, we can help guide your jaw carefully back into place, and an oral appliance can protect your structures from more damage.

Learn More Today

Contact Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM by calling 575-534-3699 to learn more about this process or to schedule your appointment with our team today.