Are you suffering from bruxism? This condition is the medical term that is used to describe repetitive teeth grinding or clenching. There are several reasons why this can occur, but the most common include stress, misalignment, and missing teeth. If you are missing teeth, you may be worried about how your bruxism can affect your ability to get dental implants in Newtown. A dentist explains more about the relationship between bruxism and dental implants.
How Does Bruxism Affect Dental Implants?
When you get dental implants, they are placed directly into the jawbone by your dentist. In order to be successful, they need to go through a process called ‘osseointegration.’ This is when the titanium implant and jawbone fuse together in order to create a strong foundation for your crown. However, if you have bruxism, there is a risk that repetitive grinding and clenching can get in the way of this process. Ultimately, this increases your risk of experiencing a dental implant failure.
Can You Get Dental Implants If You Have Bruxism?
If you are dealing with bruxism, it is important that you and your dentist work this out before you have your dental implants placed. As long as the health and strength of your gums and jawbone have not been compromised, you will likely still make a candidate for dental implants, as long as you take steps in order to treat the condition ahead of time.
How Is Bruxism Treated?
There are a few different ways that bruxism can be treated. Here are the most common:
- Stress or anxiety management: For many people, the root of their bruxism is the fact that they are feeling anxious or stressed. Ultimately this can be taken out on the tooth. By learning strategies to manage these feelings in different ways, bruxism can be improved.
- Mouth guards and splints: These are custom made by your dentist and are worn in order to keep the teeth separated. This way, damage is avoided when clenching or grinding takes place. They can be constructed out of acrylic or soft materials and fit over the upper or lower teeth.
- Dental correction: In cases that are more severe, your dentist may need to reshape some of the chewing surfaces of your teeth or use crowns in order to repair previous damage.
Just because you have bruxism doesn’t necessarily mean that you cannot replace your missing teeth with dental implants. By discussing concerns with your dentist and addressing the issue, you may just be on your way towards restoring your smile!
About the Author
At The Dentists of Newtown, there is a skilled team of six general dentists, two oral surgeons, three periodontists, two endodontists, and two orthodontists so you can get everything you need at one convenient location. To learn more about dental implants and bruxism or to schedule an appointment, visit their website or call (215) 579-9900.