One of the biggest problems that occur with bruxism is worn teeth. Night after night of grinding and clenching, you may start to notice your teeth wearing down. At first, it won’t be noticeable until you go in for your bi-annual exam. Then, one of our dentists might start to find small cracks in your teeth and tell you that your teeth are becoming worn down. Eventually, your worn-down teeth will cause severe cracks, or break to the point where you need a root canal and dental crown or porcelain veneers to fix it. Your gums may also start receding too. Some people even need to have their teeth extracted and replaced with implants or bridges. When this happens to tooth after tooth, the bills will start stacking up.
If TMJ is the cause of your nightly grinding habit, you may also notice other TMJ symptoms like frequent migraines or headaches, neck, jaw or back pain, or lockjaw. These symptoms can interrupt your daily life and leave you feeling in significant pain.
If you suffer from bruxism, don’t let it go untreated. At StarImage Dentistry in Wichita Falls, we will evaluate your bruxism problem to determine if TMJ is the cause first. If you have TMJ, we will provide you with the necessary TMJ treatment to relieve your symptoms. Some patients may benefit simply from wearing one of our custom night guards. Whatever the reason is for your nightly grinding, treating it now can prevent you from experiencing a multitude of dental problems down the line.
Contact our dental office in Wichita Falls today to schedule an appointment to get your nightly grinding habit under control and relieve your symptoms by calling 940-322-2252.