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How Teeth Grinding and Clenching Damages Teeth

March 31, 2019
Posted By: Dr. Kevin Sambuchino
Man with Tooth Pain | Lake Erie Dental

Many people grind or clench their teeth. This is known as bruxism and left untreated it can lead to cavities, enamel erosion, and even tooth loss. Our Erie, PA dentist provides therapies to curb this problem and help save your teeth.

People grind or clench their teeth for a number of reasons—anxiety, habit, pain. However, in many situations, patients grind and clench their teeth while sleeping and are not always aware that they’re doing it. This can be linked to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, or TMD.

What Is TMD?

TMJ means you have dysfunction in the joints that connect your jaw to your skull.

Signs of TMJ may include:

  • Clicking sound in the joint when speaking or yawning or jaw locking
  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches

Often bruxism can lead to TMD or worsening symptoms.

Our dentist provides several therapies and successfully treats TMJ, TMD, and bruxism in our Erie, PA dental office.

Bruxism therapies may include:

  • Sleeping appliances to prevent you from grinding and clenching your teeth. These are customized for your unique smile
  • Counseling recommendations or relaxation tips to help ease stress, which often stops Bruxism
  • Leveling places in your mouth or across your smile that prevent your teeth from coming together naturally, which improves your bite

Bruxism Diagnosis

If you grind or clench your teeth while asleep, it may be difficult to know that bruxism is even an issue. However, you may notice an increase in dental issues or jaw pain if bruxism has been going on for an extended period of time.

Our skilled Erie, PA dentist, fortunately, can assess your teeth and determine by the state of your enamel whether or not you are grinding and clenching.

Get in Touch with Us Today

If you notice the signs of bruxism or TMJ, contact our Erie dental office today. Also, if you are due for a regular dental exam, contact us.

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