Considering that the mouth and the body are closely linked, a stressed out mouth often means a stressed out body. When it relates to uncontrolled bruxism, or teeth grinding, pain and tooth damage are often commonly experienced by most individuals.
Teeth grinding has a number of causes, many of which should be treated immediately in order to avoid long-lasting health effects. These health effects can be relieved in a number of cases; however, by treating the underlying cause, these symptoms of bruxism will gradually and dramatically reduce. Many of the negative effects of uncontrolled teeth grinding include:
- Fractured teeth
- Loosening of individual teeth
- Jaw pain
- Prolonged headaches
- Worsened temporomandibular disorder
- Hearing loss
Effects such as jaw pain and prolonged headaches can often be alleviated through appropriate bruxism treatment strategies. Other symptoms, such as fractured teeth and tooth loss must receive specialized attention by a professional dentist. Tooth repair might be necessary after prolonged, uncontrolled teeth grinding.
Replacing missing teeth or improving the function and appearance of harmed teeth are important aspects that need to be addressed, alongside bruxism treatment. By treating both the symptoms and the problem, future health symptoms virtually disappear.
Many recommended treatment modalities include reducing nervous chewing habits, such as chewing on pencils, gum, or fingernails. These methods may aid in helping to reduce the jaw muscles from forming a habit of clenching or tightening on a regular basis.
Wearing a custom-made mouth guard prescribed by a dentist may also help to reduce teeth grinding during sleep. The grinding and clenching that occurs during the night-time hours are typically the most detrimental to teeth.
If your mouth is stressed out as a result of bruxism, call 516-484-6600 to learn about your treatment options.