Occasional teeth grinding does not usually cause harm. It’s when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged and other oral health complications usually arise.
How Do I Find Out if I Grind My Teeth?
Given that grinding usually occurs during sleep, most people don’t realize they grind their teeth. However, a dull, constant headache or sore jaw is a telltale symptom of bruxism.
If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, talk to us. We can examine your mouth and jaw for signs of bruxism, such as abnormalities in your teeth.
Why Is Teeth Grinding Harmful?
In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in a fracturing or loss of teeth. The chronic grinding usually wears the teeth down to stumps.
Not only can severe grinding damage teeth and result in tooth loss, it can also affect your jaws, result in hearing loss, TMD/TMJ, and even change the appearance of your face.
What Can I Do to Stop Grinding My Teeth?
In our Chamblee and Sandy Springs office, we can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding during sleep.
Another solution might be Botox. Yes, Botox can relax and retrain the jaw muscle over time.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD
Hanna Orland, DMD
3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Chamblee, GA 30341
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