Modern innovations in dentistry have made tooth loss a manageable problem. Although you cannot revive what was lost, they have presented the next best thing: dental implants.
Dental implants are some of today’s leading solutions in teeth replacement. Thanks to their enhanced stability, implants are progressively gaining more positive responses from patients and dentists everywhere. ‘They are the next best thing to natural teeth,’ AuraDentalLondon.co.uk says when explaining why dental implants are their first choice.
Unfortunately, implants are not advisable for some. If you suffer from a condition known as bruxism or teeth grinding, you may be one of these people. Before getting any treatment, it is best to have a long chat with your dentist and discuss how to address both tooth loss and your night-time habit.
How does bruxism affect implants?
Teeth grinding happens involuntarily. The forces caused by the sideways movement create excess pressure greater than average, ‘training’ the teeth to bite more intensely than normal. Just as a conditioned weight lifter can lift heavier weights, teeth grinders will adopt a greater chewing and biting force.
For a bruxism patient, the excessive pressure will produce undue stress on the bone-implant surface, affecting the implant during healing process and while in use. It may also prevent the implant from fixing rigidly in place, taking longer for the bone tissues to lock themselves in the metal screw holding the implant.
Can you treat bruxism?
One may recommend treating bruxism altogether so they can be a candidate for implants. Whilst treatment is possible, each case is different and requires a unique approach.
Bruxism has many causes, the most common being stress and anxiety. If this applies to your case, it is most advisable to seek treatment from therapist or a counsellor. Contrary to the myth, mouth guards cannot treat bruxism, but they may ease the impact of the excessive stress caused by grinding.
Bruxism can happen to anyone and should not prevent you from exploring tooth replacement options. Right now, the best action is speaking to your dentist and knowing how to address either problem – or both.