Habitual Teeth Grinding Impacts Jaw Joint Health
While a number of factors may contribute to TMD, habitual teeth grinding (bruxism) is one of the more prevalent – and destructive. Frequent, persistent grinding of the teeth not only places undue pressure on the TMJ and surrounding muscles, it also wears down tooth structure to create discrepancies in the way the teeth come together upon closing. An uneven bite invites further TMJ issues, tooth pain, gum recession, extensive wear of tooth structure (often into the second layer, or dentin) and future need of restorative treatment. Identifying a teeth grinding problem early on is important, and may be corrected with an occlusal adjustment procedure. With this simple service, Dr. Beattie gently removes uneven areas on chewing surfaces of teeth to allow the upper and lower arches to meet together properly.