For patients diagnosed with bruxism (teeth grinding), dental implants can be a catch-22. If your grinding is severe enough to have worn down the enamel of your teeth, you may need to replace them with dental implants. If your grinding continues, you could actually damage the dental implants.
Bruxism usually occurs while you’re sleeping, so you may not even realize you are doing it until your teeth are already damaged. Although there is no definitive cause of it, doctors believe it can come from:
- “Type A” Personality
- Sleep Apnea
- Earache or Teething Pain
- Acid Reflux
- Side Effect of Psychiatric Medication
- Coping Habit
- Complication from Parkinson’s or Huntington’s Disease
If your teeth grinding as damaged your tooth to the point of needing and extraction, a dental implant is the best replacement to preserve your bone and restore your smile. In order to protect the implant(s) from undergoing the same damage that your original teeth experienced, there are precautionary measures that we can take:
Mouthguard: A custom-fitted mouth guard worn while you are sleeping places a barrier between the top and bottom arch that prevents them from rubbing together.
Coping Techniques: If you are under a lot of stress or anxiety, developing coping techniques while you are awake will make you less likely to clench or grind your teeth while you are asleep.
Ideally, we would like to treat bruxism before it causes damage to your teeth, but when that isn’t possible dental implants can improve your smile and restore your ability to chew and speak properly. To learn more, contact us for an appointment today.