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Reasons for Dental Implant Failure: Bruxism

By Stephen Rogers on November 01, 2013

Reasons for Dental Implant Failure: BruxismIf you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, you know just what kinds of problems that can cause for you. Thankfully there are many options to consider for tooth replacement, and one especially effective one to consider if the use of dental implants. These can help support a denture, a dental bridge, or even an individual dental crown. By meeting with a cosmetic dentist in your area, you can find out if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants.

Right now, we want to focus on how dental implants can be negatively impacted by bruxism (aka teeth grinding). You may be surprised to learn why this is the case.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into a patient's jawbone and gum tissue. These artificial tooth roots fuse with the living tissues of your mouth in order to ensure the best possible hold, one that is comparable to natural tooth roots.

Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants

The best candidates for dental implants are people missing a tooth or multiple teeth. They should have healthy bone density and gum density in the area of the tooth gap in order to support the dental implant or implants.

What You Should Know About Bruxism

Bruxism refers to cases in which people clench, grind, shift, or gnash their teeth when they are asleep. Stress is a contributing factor to bruxism, and it may even be the sole cause of it occurring, though in many cases, the primary cause of bruxism is the misalignment of the teeth. When teeth are not properly aligned, an at-rest position cannot be found, so the jaw keeps shifting.

Why Bruxism Can Caused Problems for Dental Implants

Bruxism won't just cause a TMJ disorder, it can also result in problems with dental implants. The issue is that bruxism will place pressure on the dental restoration supported by the dental implant. Doing this causes stress to the jawbone, the gum tissue, the dental restoration, and possibly even the dental implant itself.

The gradual stress on all these structures can result in damage to the dental restoration, damage to the dental implant, and serious injuries to the jawbone and gumline. Your natural teeth can also be adversely affected by this stress when the dental restoration grinds against natural tooth structure.

Methods for Addressing Bruxism

The best way of treating bruxism is to address the root cause. If misalignment and malocclusion is the issue, then your dentist will consider how these matters can best be addressed. In some cases, orthodontic care is the most helpful option.

Sometimes simply using a bite guard when a patient sleeps is helpful. A bite guard keeps the upper teeth and lower teeth from making direct contact, reducing tooth damage, limiting stress on the jaw, and diminishing potential injury to the dental arches themselves.

In addition to orthodontics and bite guards, many dental wellness professionals will recommend that patients do what they can to relieve stress. Exercise, meditation, and dietary changes can all make a person feel more relaxed. The ideal option for your needs can be discussed in greater detail.

Learn More About Restorative Dentistry Options

If you would like more information about dental implants, teeth grinding, and many other topics related to advanced dental health and wellness, be sure to contact our Massapequa, NY cosmetic dentistry center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best looking and healthiest smile possible.

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