Bruxism & The Surface of Your Teeth
While grinding your teeth, you are steadily wearing down the surface of your teeth. This unevenness can lead to a misalignment so severe that it can stop your jaw from opening and closing with ease. Ultimately, bruxism can steadily lead to TMJ disorder—or TMD. Because TMD prevents your jaw from opening and closing easily, the painful side-effects of TMD are typically pain or discomfort around the area of your jaw. Headaches, toothaches, earaches and a clicking or popping sound each time you open or close your mouth are also symptoms of TMD.