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Way to Avoid Bruxism Damaging Dental Implants

Dental implants are great for replacing missing teeth but there’s no avoiding the fact that they are not a quick or cheap solution. If you have gone to all the trouble of replacing your teeth with dental implants then you will want to do everything possible to protect your investment in your dental health and in your smile. Bruxism is one thing that could affect your dental implants and if you even suspect you may have this condition then it’s important to visit your dentist or periodontist to find out for sure.

What Are the Symptoms of Bruxism?

Bruxism is a condition that is characterized by the teeth becoming tightly clenched or being ground against each other, normally during sleep which is one of the reasons why it is easy to miss the initial symptoms. If your sleeping partner has complained your teeth are making a noise during the night then it could be worthwhile seeking a professional opinion. Bruxism can cause lots of different symptoms, for example you may find you wake up with a sore, aching jaw or that and sometimes this condition can cause headaches. If you look at your teeth then you may notice they have begun to look shorter or worn down, or are becoming chipped.

How Does Bruxism Affect Dental Implants?

One of the main problems with bruxism is the terrific force it places on your teeth and gums and while dental implants are extremely strong, they are not meant to come under this type of pressure. These biting forces could damage the implant post or the restoration and may ultimately lead to the implant failing completely.

Diagnosing and Treating Bruxism

The easiest way to treat it is to simply have a custom-made night guard. If you have ever worn teeth whitening trays before, then a custom-made night guard is quite similar, consisting of a tightly fitting clear plastic guard that is normally made to fit over your upper teeth. This is enough to prevent your teeth from contacting so you cannot clench and grind anymore during sleep. We can easily make this mouthguard for bruxism for you, using detailed impressions of your teeth. It might feel a bit strange to wear at first, but soon it should be perfectly comfortable to sleep with.

There are also various other ways we can treat bruxism as for example we will assess the way your teeth bite together as sometimes bruxism can be caused by teeth that are out of alignment. Correcting your bite could be enough to eliminate this problem. Another method of treatment involves the use of Botox which can help the facial muscles relax, preventing you from clenching and grinding. There’s no need to worry as you will still look perfectly normal and your facial features certainly won’t be frozen as we only use very minimal amounts of Botox to create this effect.

The most important thing to do is to not ignore this problem as we want you to be able to enjoy your dental implants for many years to come and it will be a shame if they were to be damaged by something so treatable.