Did you know that you could be grinding your teeth without realizing it? Bruxism (teeth grinding) is a largely unconscious habit. It occurs most often during sleep. Thus, many people first learn about their propensity for grinding their teeth when a dental hygienist or a dentist notices that their teeth appear worn down. Unfortunately, bruxism can damage teeth extensively, which is why diagnosing and treating bruxism is very important. Thus, you should attend dental checkups with your Albuquerque NM general dentist, Dr. Mark Miller, regularly. These checkups are important not only because they permit a hygienist to clean your teeth, but also because they allow Dr. Miller to inspect your teeth for troubling symptoms, one of which is the wear caused by bruxism.
When teeth are forced to slide against one another repetitively, they begin to wear down. Teeth may begin to appear flattened or smaller than they once were, and they may lose enamel. If teeth suffer enamel loss, they will be more vulnerable to the oral bacteria responsible for tooth decay. Enamel is the hardest substance in the body, and it provides a powerful defense against bacteria. However, the layer beneath the enamel (dentin) is soft and porous. Oral bacteria can damage it very quickly, making the development of cavities more likely when the enamel is lost.
The consequences of enamel loss, however, extend beyond a greater risk of tooth decay. Without enamel, teeth are structurally weaker. They are less equipped to withstand powerful force, and eventually, as they grow weaker and weaker, they may crack, chip, or break. Untreated bruxism commonly results in the broken tooth after broken tooth, necessitating multiple dental crown restorations.
As if tooth decay and broken teeth were not enough, habitual bruxism can also stress the jaw joints (TMJs). When these joints are agitated, they may develop a disorder called TMD. Common symptoms of TMD include migraines, earaches, facial pain, and jaw pain. Therefore, if you suspect that you may be grinding your teeth, don’t wait to seek dental assistance. Without treatment, your oral health can suffer greatly.
About Snowpark Dental: Dr. Mark Miller of Snowpark Dental is a respected dentist with extensive training in implantology. Patients can contact Dr. Miller by calling (505) 596-4479 to schedule an appointment or a consultation.
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