Some individuals clench their jaw and grind their teeth when sleeping. This is often related to unresolved chronic stress or a specific type of allergy. While it might not seem serious at first, unaddressed night grinding can eventually lead to some serious oral health problems.
The excessive force applied to biting surfaces of molars and premolars can lead to a significant dental fracture. While it is more likely to occur with back teeth, the teeth in the front of the mouth can also be vulnerable to chips and dental fractures.
Once the tooth enamel is compromised it can cause the tooth to be increasingly sensitive. Some dental fractures can also lead to newly developed cavities.
If one of your teeth is damaged to any degree it needs to be examined and treated by your dentist. Possible treatment might include repairing the tooth with a dental filling or fully restoring its enamel layer with a dental crown.
It’s also worth noting that temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw have been affected by the chronic tension and inflammation related to chronic night grinding. Early symptoms of a problem like TMJ disorder might include a persistent pain or dull ache around the temples and muscles in front of your ears.
If you have noticed yourself clenching and grinding your teeth, it could help to sleep with a dental guard in your mouth. This soft plastic mouthpiece can be worn in your mouth to help protect your teeth from damage and lessen the stress on your temporomandibular joints.
If you live in the [city], [state], area and you are concerned about the latent effects of chronic night grinding you should call [phone] to schedule an appointment with Drs. [doctor_name] and the staff specialists at [practice_name].