Bruxism: Why Should I Worry About It?

You wonder why you should give bruxism disorder a second thought if it happens to you. Is this really something worth worrying about, you wonder to yourself? The truth is, though we certainly don’t want you to feel stressed about your oral health, our Overland Park, KS team does encourage you to act quickly when you discover any aspect of your smile requires care. That goes for hygiene-related issues and functional disorders alike! As for grinding and clenching, you ask: Why the urgency? We can explain!

It Can Break Your Teeth

You might have a quick conversation with yourself during which you decide bruxism disorder is not really that big of a deal because you don’t remember it happening, lots of people grind or clench every now and then, and you don’t see any damage. However, we remind you that treating your smile now, before you are at the point of requiring restorations and more, means you can avoid the damage that you cannot see coming (but that is definitely headed your way). While it’s true that many people grind or clench sometimes, that’s not the same as bruxism. Bruxism is chronic, it’s happening with any effort on your part, and it can lead to severe damage like broken teeth! Address it with bruxism treatment soon.

It Can Lead To Tooth Loss

Yep, you know that you can end up with broken teeth. This can come in the form of fractures, serious cracks, missing tissue, and the surfaces of your teeth can become worn down. At first, this is something that we can often repair. However, deep cracks and neglected damage often lead us to one particular conclusion: Teeth need to be extracted! Don’t allow tooth loss to become part of your bruxism narrative. Seek treatment!

It Can Cause Discomfort

We know that you realize damage can feel uncomfortable. However, we remind you that it’s not only about the breakdown of your teeth. Discomfort associated with bruxism disorder is something that can begin very early on and that will continue. Remember that you’re aggravating your nerves and there’s lots of pressure. The results can include headaches, teeth pain, facial pain, and more. Since you don’t want TMJ pain or any other sort of discomfort, come in soon for care.

Protect Your Smile From Bruxism

Remember that when you are dealing with the clenching and grinding associated with bruxism, you will eventually deal with damage if you ignore it. Treat it as soon as you can with our gentle care for long-term smile health. To learn more, or to schedule your consultation, call Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS, today at 913-381-2600.