Is teeth grinding bad for us?

Indeed teeth grinding (or bruxism) can be seriously bad for us.  When left untreated, it can lead to wearing down existing teeth, broken fillings and sensitive teeth. 

Teeth grinding most commonly occurs during sleep, the effects of which will be felt throughout the day.  Sufferers will often experience jaw pain, headaches and even earaches. The longer teeth grinding is left unaddressed the more vulnerable the jaw and teeth are to damage. 

Jaw ache can sometimes be TMJ pains. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) that connect the jaw to the skull act as hinges to allow movement for you to yawn, chew and talk. This can be one of the main causes of teeth grinding and if your dentist suspects that your teeth grinding is caused by TMJ you may be referred to a TMJ specialist. 

In some cases, a splint may be used instead of a mouth guard to ease pain and reduce grinding. The splint can be fitted to the bottom or top row of teeth. Each patient’s symptoms are treated as an individual case, so what works for some might not for others.  Mouth guards are the devices which are fitted in the majority of cases. 

Patients can sometimes experience brief periods of clenching and grinding teeth after a traumatic event. Again, this is something to speak to your dentist about so as to protect your teeth and work towards eliminating the side effects of grinding.  Your dentist may also recommend treatment to repair any damage already incurred by grinding.

Speak to our friendly and knowledgeable team at The Mall today to find out how you can be free of this condition.