Chronic stress that goes unresolved and certain respiratory conditions can cause you to unconsciously clench and grind your teeth while you sleep at night. While it might seem banal this chronic condition, which is known as bruxism can lead to a myriad of potential oral complications.
The excessive force applied to your teeth night after night can eventually cause fractures on the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars. This could also extend to chips on other teeth toward the front of your mouth. If these damaged areas aren’t repaired in a reasonable amount of time, they could accumulate bacterial deposits that could foster a severe case of tooth decay.
At the same time it’s also worth noting that the chronic tension and muscular clenching could lead to inflammation and general soreness in the temporomandibular joints. In time this could contribute to the oral dysfunction associated with TMJ disorder. If you’ve noticed yourself grinding your teeth more often, when you sleep, you should consider scheduling an appointment with Dr. Hoffmann and the oral care specialist at Prosthodontics of the Carolinas.
At his clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Hoffmann can diagnose the full state of your mouth. After a treatment plan has been developed and implemented for any existing oral health issues and damaged teeth, he can then help you understand the potential measures for preventing future bruxism complications.
In many of these instances, installing a custom dental guard in your mouth when you go to sleep can help mitigate new complications, and potentially lessen existing discomfort in the temporomandibular joints. If you are the Charlotte, North Carolina, area and you have noticed yourself grinding your teeth when sleeping, you should call 704-364-3770 to schedule an appointment at Prosthodontics of the Carolina’s.