Teeth Grinding and TMJ Disorder Information from Your Richmond, CA Dentist

Aug 1st, 2012 | By | Category: Bruxism, TMJ Disorder

TMJ DisorderLast week our Richmond, CA dentist, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu discussed how malocclusion, or misaligned bite, can contribute to TMJ disorder. We discussed the total wellness effects that include headaches, morning earaches, neck pain, and shoulder strain. Today’s blog will explain some of the dental health side effects of TMJ disorder and teeth grinding.

How TMJ Disorder Relates to Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding and TMJ disorder are dental conditions that go hand-in-hand. These dental health issues often originate from the same causes, from malocclusion, to stress. Often, teeth grinding, or bruxism, perpetuates issues with jaw health, and vice versa. Bruxism is a dangerous symptom of TMJ disorder because it creates a domino effect of other oral health problems.

What Is Bruxism?

Bruxers, or people with bruxism, chronically grind their teeth. While teeth grinding is especially prominent while the bruxer is sleeping, teeth clenching and grinding can also occur during the day, when the sufferer is unaware of his or her habits. This means that throughout the day and especially at night, their teeth are suffering immense pressure from opposing dentition.

Symptoms of Bruxism

Excessive tooth wear, tooth sensitivity, and increased tooth decay are all examples of the dental health symptoms of bruxism. Since the opposing teeth wear down enamel, the protective shield, of other teeth, the sensitive inner structures are vulnerable to temperatures and developing cavities. Teeth grinding often leads to an increase in dental caries because teeth have weaker defenses against bacteria and acid erosion. Tooth sensitivity is also a symptom of bruxism because the tooth is more susceptible to harsh temperatures.

Preventive Dentistry in Richmond, CA

To learn more about how you can alleviate the symptoms of TMJ disorder or teeth grinding, contact our Richmond, CA dental office. We offer mouthguards and oral appliances to prevent teeth grinding and relax the jaw muscles during sleep. Call Dr. Stefan Moiceanu at (510) 758-7222 to schedule an appointment. Hilltop Family Dental happily treats patients from Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the greater Contra Costa County area.

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