An overwhelming segment of the patients we see who report pain from dental disease and conditions- whether it’s a decayed tooth, lost or broken fillings to TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder) stem from chronic grinding and clenching. Chronic grinding and clenching over the span of years compounds damage making prompt intervention absolutely essential.
Misshaped teeth, a poor bite (also called malocclusion) and other bite abnormalities can cause grinding and clenching to worsen. The condition will continue to worsen over time without professional intervention and has been shown to be associated with sleep apnea. Just a slightly rotated or misaligned tooth can pave the way for grinding and clenching issues- causing the condition outright or worsening the effects.
It’s not always possible altogether eliminate deeply ingrained grinding and clenching habits. With this in mind, a more realistic and attainable goal (after other treatments prove unsuccessful) for such patients is to concentrate on mitigating the damaging effects of the condition will eventually bring to the teeth and supporting structures.
For treatment, Atlanta Dental Club has numerous modalities, including but not limited to: