Here at Charlotte Emergency Dental, we see emergency patients as well as everyday dental patients. However, on both sides of the spectrum, we see quite a few people with damage from bruxism. Bruxism is when you clench or grind your teeth together. This can do a lot of damage to your teeth, that if not caught, can ruin the health of your teeth. Here are some of the most well-known dangers of grinding and clenching your teeth.
When you put excess strain on your teeth, it is common for them to fracture or crack. This may be painful, or it may not. At least, at first it may not be painful. As time goes on, a fractured tooth is going to become painful. Each time you put pressure on that tooth, it has the potential to open that fracture up again, even if only a little bit. This can allow debris to get inside, potentially causing a cavity or even causing an infection.
Another common problem that comes with grinding your teeth is that you wear the enamel right off of your teeth. This can expose the parts of your teeth that the enamel is meant to protect. You could wind up with pain when trying to eat or drink anything, plus it could leave your mouth in pain just having cold air come into your mouth. This is not a good way to live.
The joint that holds your bottom jaw to your skull is called your TMJ. This joint has a lot of pressure put on it each time you bite or chew. If you clench your teeth, the pressure your TMJ is under becomes even more intense than normal. This can leave you with a sore jaw each day, or even a clicking in your jaw that sends pain all over the place each time you open and close your mouth.
If you want to find out ways of helping to protect your teeth from clenching and grinding your teeth, then contact us here at Charlotte Emergency Dental. We can schedule a time for you to come in and see one of our experienced dentists. They can look at the current condition of your teeth, and see if you would benefit from a mouth guard that is used to help fight the adverse effects of bruxism.