Grinding or clenching, medically termed bruxism causes TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) issues which can wreak havoc on teeth and jaws. Stress, sleep disorders, smoking, and alcohol consumption often play a role in this dental dilemma.
Bruxism isn't solely a bad habit; stress, sleep troubles, and lifestyle choices contribute. Smoking and alcohol can intensify the problem, turning nighttime grinding into a daytime headache.
Addressing teeth damage involves traditional dentistry with fillings or crowns. However, for muscle and jaw issues, a nightguard can act as a protective ally. In some cases, injections provide relief by relaxing the tense jaw muscles.
Unchecked grinding can result in more than just a sore jaw. Pain from TMJ, restricted mouth movement, and escalating dental damage can become unwelcome companions.
Bruxism can exert a force of up to 250 pounds of pressure on the teeth.