The Dangers of Grinding | Dr. Richard Bonness

Are you or your child experiencing the discomfort of teeth grinding? It’s a common habit that often goes unnoticed but can lead to significant damage over time. At Bonness Dentistry, led by Dr. Richard Bonness, we understand the impact of bruxism and are here to help you find solutions to protect your smile.

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can stem from various factors including stress, anxiety, improper bite alignment, and even sleep disorders. Our team recognizes the importance of addressing these underlying causes to effectively manage teeth grinding and prevent further damage to your teeth.

Research published in the Journal of the American Dental Association highlights how habits like smoking and alcohol consumption can exacerbate teeth grinding, making individuals twice as likely to experience bruxism. This underscores the importance of addressing lifestyle factors as part of your treatment plan.

The consequences of grinding your teeth can be severe, leading to damage, increased sensitivity, and even loosening teeth. Just like bones, teeth can crack or fracture under constant pressure. Additionally, grinding can result in flattened teeth due to constant friction, as well as jaw pain and headaches. If you wake up frequently with a sore or tired jaw, it could be a sign of bruxism.

At Bonness Dentistry, we offer comprehensive evaluations to assess the extent of damage caused by grinding. Dr. Richard Bonness and our professional dental team will work closely with you to identify personalized solutions. Depending on your needs, we may recommend wearing a custom-made mouth guard at night to protect your teeth from further damage. For those whose grinding is stress-related, we prioritize finding effective stress management techniques to alleviate the underlying cause.

Don’t wait until teeth grinding leads to sensitivity and pain. Schedule an appointment with us today for an evaluation and tailored treatment plan. Your oral health is our priority, and we’re committed to helping you maintain a strong and healthy smile.

For more information on protecting your teeth and maintaining optimal oral health, contact Bonness Dentistry. We’re here to support you every step of the way.

Bonness Dentistry
Phone: (812) 232-3263
1225 Ohio Street
Terra Haute, IN 47807