How Bruxism Impacts Your Oral Health

bruxism concept represented by wooden letter tiles on a wooden table with glasses and a bookThe last thing you want to experience is permanent tooth loss, especially if it could have been avoided with timely treatment. Indeed, tooth loss is not something that is often kept at the forefront of a person’s mind, but once it occurs, it can be devastating. For these reasons, it is important to seek treatment early and practice an effective preventive dental routine to keep your smile happy. But what happens if you are affected by a condition you did not know about? In today’s blog, your Vista, CA dentist explores the damaging effects of untreated bruxism and provides information on steps you can take to treat it.

Chronic Nighttime Teeth-Grinding

It goes without saying that there are countless threats out there that impact your smile’s appearance, function, and overall health. Among these include tooth decay, gum infection, and a variety of others. What’s more? Sometimes we are affected by nontraditional dental concerns such as chronic teeth grinding, and failing to seek treatment will result in significant complications down the line.

Bruxism is the formal name given to chronic teeth grinding and consists of a person tightly clenching their lower and upper set of teeth while moving the lower mandible from side to side. The result is friction between the structures and a gradual wearing of the surfaces of your teeth.

The issue that bruxism presents is that more often than not, it is a phenomenon that occurs at night when a person is asleep. As such, it can be difficult to determine one is experiencing it, to begin with. Telltale signs such as waking with a sore jaw, difficulty eating or chewing, and problems opening the mouth completely are factors you will want to look out for. To learn more about this process, reach out to our team today.

Immediate and Long-Term Effects

Some immediate effects of bruxism include an increased chance of developing infections or other concerns. You see, as you grind your teeth, you are rubbing away the protective layer of enamel that surrounds your teeth. Without this, there is nothing standing in the way of infection.

Another concern you face from teeth-grinding includes the development of a dangerous jaw dysfunction known as TMJ disorder. Give our team a call today to learn more about the dangers of unchecked bruxism and how we can help.

Treatment that can Help

While bruxism and TMJ disorder can certainly compromise your health, beginning efficient treatment early can save your smile. This involves the use of a custom oral appliance and/or guided splint therapy to protect your teeth and prevent further damage.

Learn More Today

Contact Melrose Dental Arts in Vista, CA by calling 760-724-9117 to learn more about the dangerous effects of untreated bruxism, and schedule your next appointment with our team today.