When you grind your teeth excessively, a condition known as bruxism, there are many different effects that it can have on your teeth and oral health. The constant pressure and friction can wear your teeth down, leading to problems with your bite’s balance as well as damage to your healthy, natural tooth structure. Because it typically occurs while you are asleep, it can be hard to know you’re doing it until you start to notice damage. Common symptoms include chipped and cracked teeth, a sore jaw, and headaches. If left untreated, you could require cosmetic and restorative procedures like porcelain veneers or dental crowns to fix the damage.
TMJ Disorder Is Connected
TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Disorder is both a cause and symptom of bruxism. This disorder occurs when the joints that connect your jaw to your skull become misaligned. It is especially painful and difficult to heal on its own because these joints are constantly in use; they are responsible for chewing and talking. Teeth grinding can cause these joints to become unbalanced, and a misaligned jaw can prompt bruxism. The primary symptoms of TMJ disorder are severe headaches, earaches, migraines, and frequent jaw popping. It can also cause neck and back pain.
Oral Appliances Can Help
If you are diagnosed with bruxism or TMJ Disorder, we can provide you with a custom-designed oral appliance. For bruxism, the night guard will prevent your teeth from grinding and clenching. In the case of TMJ Disorder, a mouth guard will gently reposition your jaw into its proper alignment, providing you with relief.
Learn More About Bruxism And TMJ Disorder Treatment
If you suffer from chronic teeth-grinding or a misaligned jaw, learn how a custom-designed appliance can help you stop. We encourage you to schedule an appointment by calling Ballard Neighborhood Dentist office in Seattle, WA, today at 206-789-2555. We also proudly serve the residents of Shoreline, Edmonds, Crown Hill, Loyal Heights, and all surrounding communities.