Sometimes unaddressed chronic stress can cause you to unconsciously clench their jaw and grind your teeth while sleeping. While it might very serious at first the chronic condition of bruxism can eventually lead to problems with your temporomandibular joints. It can also put you at increased risk of suffering a dental fracture.
This could come in the form of chipped teeth, damaged dental fillings, compromised dental work, or more significant dental fractures. Even if the area of damaged tooth enamel is minimal the compromised area could trap bacterial deposits capable of fostering severe cavities.
In the long term, the stress and potential inflammation in the temporomandibular joints and surrounding connective tissues could lead to the chronic discomfort associated with TMJ disorder. Without professional treatment from a dentist like Dr. Blaine Cusack this chronic condition could cause significant discomfort and complications.
If he feels that chronic night grinding is a contributing factor to your TMJ disorder symptoms, he might recommend sleeping with a dental guard. When worn in the mouth this simple plastic mouthpiece can help cushion the biting surfaces of your teeth while also lessening the impact on the temporomandibular joints.
This treatment plan might also include making changes in your diet, simple lifestyle modifications, and performing periodic facial stretches. In the course of a few weeks, you should notice a significant improvement in your TMJ disorder symptoms.
If you live in the Countryside, Illinois, area and you have been grinding your teeth on a frequent basis, you should call 708-482-0300 to schedule a consultation appointment at Blaine P. Cusack, DDS.