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Have you ever ground your teeth? Do you grind them a bit in your sleep? If so, you’re likely familiar with what teeth grinding does to your teeth in the short term. But it’s long-term effects are far more worrisome.

TMJ Disorder

One of the most notable long-term effects of teeth grinding is that it can lead to TMJ disorder. This occurs when your temporomandibular joint (the hinge on your jaw) is ground out of place and causes pain, headaches, and ear aches. Stopping teeth grinding will reverse the effects of TMJ disorder and get your jaw aligned properly without the need for any sort of surgery.

Broken teeth

The other, rather obvious, long-term effect of grinding your teeth is that you’ll end up with broken, cracked teeth. This affects your appearance, your ability to eat, and even your speech. Fixing these cracked teeth means a long process of getting crowns, or if the damage is extensive enough, receiving dental implants to replace the entire tooth.

Gum disease

Grinding your teeth for long periods of time can also cause them to become loose in their socket, creating space at the gum line for bacteria to enter and potentially cause gum disease. This is a serious problem that you don’t want to deal with, as gum disease usually requires multiple teeth being entirely replaced.

If you’re suffering from teeth grinding, it’s time to put an end to it. Call us today at 661.588.2772 to schedule your appointment.