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What are the long-term affects of teeth grinding?

I am a 32 year old male and I noticed that I grind my teeth at night. What are the long-term affects of teeth grinding?

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You need a night guard. You can break teeth and crack them resulting in the need for root canals or extractions or crowns and onlays. Wear a night guard to prevent further damage to your teeth.
Devastating!!!! You need to have your bite evaluated for the teeth not fitting well, plus, you need to wear some kind of protection at night. I used to do a lot of night guards for my patients, but the compliance was not as good as I was hoping for. Now, I make clear retainers for my grinding patients (almost 89% of all humans) and they love it, because they are sooo comfortable. The compliance is up from 30% to 100%.
Unfortunately, tooth grinding, or bruxism as it's technically known, can be quite extensive and severe if left undiagnosed and treated. We have seen many cases where teeth have been worn to jagged or smooth nubs. Precipitating the need for root canals and extensive reconstructive dental treatments. Also leading to significant TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) issues.
See a dentist and ask them.

I take it you have been told that your grind your teeth?
Long term affects are that you wear down the enamel on the biting surface of your teeth and they become sensitive on you. Unfortunately at this point you would be doing damage control instead of preventative. Another rare but possible affect is that one or more of your teeth become loose in their socket.
Hope this helps!
Parafunctional habits like teeth grinding and clenching can start affecting other oral structures like the facial muscles, jaw bone, teeth shape etc. See a dentist for treatment.