Three colored stickers with the text ADA Americans with TMJ on a light blue wooden backgroundWe are all affected by a variety of stressors, and these stressors can cause reactions in our bodies we might not expect. For example, heightened levels of stress or anxiety may lead to an unconscious clenching of the teeth. Though this phenomenon may not seem like a major concern initially, the longer a person endures it without treatment, the worse off the situation will be for your oral health. In today’s blog, your Leawood, KS dentist describes what happens when a person grinds their teeth consistently, as well as what treatment will be able to help.

Uncontrollable Bruxism

It goes without saying that our smiles endure a significant amount of damage over the years. After all, oral bacteria are constantly attempting to compromise your smile’s health, and even some of the daily habits and practices you partake in contribute to harm as well. With this in mind, it is imperative we take ownership of a thorough preventive routine so that we are able to provide our grins with the resources necessary to fend these threats off.

Sometimes, however, heightened levels of stress or the body’s inability to breathe properly may lead to abnormal occurrences such as bruxism. When a person experiences bruxism, what is occurring is the grinding of a person’s teeth – usually subconsciously – which can lead to significant damage and harm.

Indeed, when we look into the process, we see that tightly clenching the teeth together and moving the lower mandible from side to side causes our structures to wear down. Not only this, but it weakens them as well, causing them to become more brittle and more prone to infection. To learn more about this process, give our team a call today.

Developing TMJ Disorder

Another major complication that arises from chronic teeth grinding is the potential for developing a dangerous jaw dysfunction known as TMJ disorder. This phenomenon occurs when the lower jaw becomes misaligned with one or both of the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) at which it hinges to the cranium. The result is an incessant popping or clicking sensation, followed by discomfort, pain, and even significant tissue damage. Without necessary treatment, your mouth could endure significant damage that may not be reversible. Fortunately, however, we have options that can help. For more information about your options, contact our team today.

How We Can Help

TMJ disorder and bruxism can be treated with splint therapy and an oral appliance, respectively. Splint therapy helps to gradually guide the lower mandible properly into place, whereas an oral appliance helps protect your teeth and open the airway while you slumber so that you do not grind your teeth.

Speak with Our Team

Contact Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS by calling 913-681-5500 to schedule your next appointment with our team, and learn about the ways you can address chronic teeth grinding.