Learn How Teeth Grinding Will Affect Your Overall Well Being
Posted on 7/4/2022 by Thomas Wold, DMD
|It is evident that excessive teeth grinding causes tooth damage. Some of the most vital substances in nature are eroded over time by high pressure and friction, so even if your teeth are relatively resilient, they have no chance. If you chip off or wear down the enamel surface or break a crown of your teeth or other dental repair, you allow a flood of bacteria to enter your teeth and establish a cavity.
Undiagnosed and untreated cavities result in periodontal disease, tooth loss, and bone loss. Moreover, if the bacteria enter the bloodstream, heart problems might be added to the concerns associated with bruxism.
Myofascial pain occurs when the tissues around your muscles become irritated, inflamed, tight, and painful. It can occur anywhere on the body.
It is well recognized that bruxism can induce myofascial pain in the head, face, jaw, and neck. You may have stiffness, pain, and abrupt spasms and contractions. Depending on the degree of your pain, you may avoid particular meals or stop eating altogether, which might result in eating disorders. Chronic pain may also result in depression, which in turn can cause physical discomfort.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
Temporomandibular joints connects your jaw bone and skull to enhance smooth opening and closing, though depending on the network of muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Multiple factors can disrupt the TMJ, and bruxism is one of them. Permanent clenching and grinding can cause misalignment, disc erosion, and cartilage damage. Many individuals with TMJ pain have difficulty chewing, leading to an eating disorder or malnutrition. If you have TMJ dysfunction, your cartilage deteriorates, and your joint becomes more prone to developing arthritis. Learn more about the impacts of teeth grinding at our clinics by booking an appointment with our team of professionals.