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Unresolved stress, chronic stress, and respiratory conditions can sometimes cause you to clench your jaw or unconsciously grind your teeth while sleeping. Over the course of time, this could start to have a profound effect on the health of your teeth and the structure of the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw.

If excessive force could potentially cause a chip or dental fracture in the tooth enamel of multiple teeth. The compromised area could then start to accumulate food particles and plaque deposits foster a cavity to develop in the already compromised tooth.  

It’s also worth noting that the force of chronic night grinding can also weaken the integrity of dental fillings on the biting surfaces of your teeth. Once the tooth enamel has been compromised these teeth will be at increased risk of suffering new cavities.

If the problem persists the tension in your jaw muscles and surrounding connective tissue can cause inflammation in the temporomandibular joints. As this continues to happen it can increase your chances of suffering TMJ disorder and early onset of arthritis.

In many of these cases wearing a simple night guard in your mouth while you sleep can help cushion the biting surfaces while also allowing a modest amount of slip between both sets of teeth. This can help prevent damage to your teeth and reduce the effect on your temporomandibular joints.

If you live in the Nicholasville, Kentucky, area and need help protecting your teeth from night grinding, you should call 859-881-4633 to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Casey Witty and the orthodontic specialists at Witty Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.