When the rows of teeth are pressed together involuntarily, which is typical of bruxism, extremely high pressure is exerted on the teeth and jaw joints, which is up to ten times greater than the usual chewing pressure. As a result, teeth and jaws are put under extreme strain by grinding.
Over time, the tooth enamel is excessively worn down and even the tooth bone (the so-called dentin) with the nerve pathways can be exposed. This leads to significant long-term damage, which can range from abrasion to fracture to the loss of teeth. In addition to toothache, grinding also regularly causes injuries to the gums, tongue or lips.
However, the complaints can also go far beyond the chewing system and lead to further problems. affect other areas of the body. These include, for example:
- Exhaustion and tiredness
- Facial pain
- Head, neck and back pain
- Muscle tension
- Sleep disorders