There are many reasons patients see us for dental implants, but one of the most common is to replace teeth damaged by bruxism. Bruxism is the fancy term for what most people know as tooth grinding. This behavior not only wears down the enamel of your teeth, it can also be responsible for jaw pain, headaches and difficulty chewing.
Bruxism can be caused by many factors, including:
- Malocclusion (Abnormal tooth alignment)
- Acid reflux disease
- Type “A” personality
- Coping mechanism
- Side effect from psychiatric medication
- Complication from Huntington’s or Parkinson’s disease
Many patients don’t even realize that they are grinding their teeth until they have symptoms appear:
- Jaw pain
- Face pain
- Dull headache in the temple area
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Increased sensitivity to hot or cold
- Pain when chewing
- Sores from biting the inside of cheeks
- Tongue indentations
If bruxism has damaged your tooth or multiple teeth to the point of needing extraction, dental implants are your best option to restore your smile. They not only fill in the space created by the missing teeth, they also are the best way to prevent the underlying bone from deteriorating and causing a deformity in your jaw.
When implant patients have been diagnosed with bruxism, we can actually use a stronger material for the replacement tooth that is able to withstand the grinding much better than natural tooth enamel. As an added precaution, we will also create a custom-fitted mouth guard for you to wear at night so that your upper and lower arches do not make contact while you are sleeping.
Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants should be your first choice for dental implants; after all, it’s part of our name. Dr. DeAndrade, Dr. Allen , and their staff have performed 1000s of procedures and their patients have enjoyed a very high success rate. If bruxism is ruining your teeth, call us today!