Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding is a common problem that affects about 20% of the population. It is the grinding of both the top and bottom teeth in a sideways motion. While most of us do grind our teeth occasionally when anxious, when grinding occurs on a regular basis, it becomes the condition “bruxism”.
Teeth grinding presents a very real risk to your oral health . It can wear the front teeth down, break fillings, cause headaches, and lead to gum recession. Gum recession caused by bruxism is due to the extra pressure that is put on the gum line. Gum recession is concerning for several reasons beyond the cosmetic. Gum recession can lead to the loss of “firm collar” tissue around the neck of the tooth that functions as a protective mechanism for the underlying bone. Gum recession can also lead to cavities in the roots of the tooth.
If you fear that you have an issue with teeth grinding, it is best to consult with your dentist to receive an evaluation of the damage done and assess the severity of your condition. Your best defense against developing bruxism is to partake in stress reduction activities such as yoga, meditation, vacations, and psychotherapy if necessary. If it is determined that your condition has progressed to the point of causing damage to your teeth, other treatments may be necessary.
If you are experiencing gum recession, Stoner Periodontic Specialists incorporates the most advanced, least invasive technologies for the correction of gum recession. Please contact our Columbus, Ohio office today for more information.