ANTIAGING TREATMENTS: DENTAL
Bruxing is the clenching and grinding of teeth.
Bruxing occurs mostly during sleep and in times of
stress. This action can lead to periodontal disease,
wear down tooth enamel, chip teeth, increase temperature
sensitivity, and cause severe facial pain and jaw problems,
such as temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ).
Periodontal Disease - The constant
pressure of the teeth against each other causes the
teeth to rock back and forth in their sockets, affecting
the blood supply to the periodontal ligament.
It also lowers the ability of the structures that support
the teeth to resist the advance of the plaque organisms
in the sulcus that surrounds the tooth. This accelerates
the bone loss seen in periodontal disease.
If teeth are kept clean by brushing and flossing, the
movement of the teeth within the socket is of little
Sensitivity - Generalized sensitivity
of the teeth to cold foods is the most common symptom
of clenching and grinding the teeth and in tur, grinding
and clenching is one of the most common reasons for
Phantom tooth pain - Grinding on
one tooth in particular can cause that tooth to be painful
and very sensitive to cold. This phantom toothache and
is frequently misdiagnosed as inflammation of the dental
pulp or nerve, resulting in unnecessary root canal treatment.
Invisible cracks - cracks can cause
severe pain when pressure is applied to the cracked
Dental Work Demolition - Bruxing can cause early failure
of fillings, crowns, implants
Abfraction - is erosing caused by
the biomechanical "bending" of the teeth due
to the stress of rocking them side to side while bruxing.
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