Did you know that a staggering 38 percent of children grind their teeth? Surprisingly, though, it is not children who most commonly receive treatment for bruxism (teeth grinding). In fact, most children outgrow their bruxism habits around age six, before any significant damage can occur to their teeth. Thus, it is not children but adults who are at a greater risk of damaging their teeth with a teeth grinding habit. To learn more about the dangers of teeth grinding, read the following information from your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson.
Consequences of Teeth Grinding
You may be wondering how a person could actually damage his or her teeth through bruxism. After all, wouldn’t it become obvious that the grinding was creating a problem after a while? It would seem that way, but bruxism often occurs during sleep, when people are none the wiser about the damage their teeth are incurring, and because they are unaware of the danger, teeth can suffer significant wear before teeth grinding is discovered.
Nightly teeth grinding can weaken teeth, making them more and more vulnerable to structural damage. Eventually, they may give out altogether and break. If a tooth breaks, it is important that it is restored quickly. Your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Johnson, can fit a dental crown over a broken tooth to protect and strengthen the tooth so that it can be functional once again. However, in some cases with extensive damage, it may not be possible to repair a broken tooth, thus necessitating an extraction.
Unfortunately, bruxism does not only affect teeth. It can also strain the jaw joints (TMJs), creating a disorder with symptoms that include headaches, earaches, facial pain, and jaw pain. These symptoms may improve with bruxism treatment.
Schedule a Visit with Your Des Moines IA Dentist
Have you noticed any symptoms that may point to teeth grinding? Contact your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Johnson, today to schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling our 50266 dentist office at 515-223-9764. We welcome patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.