Posted on 10/12/2012 by Dr. Franco
|Bruxism, otherwise known as the clenching and grinding of teeth, can put a real strain on and cause damage to or even loss of a person’s teeth. Many people aren’t even aware that they have bruxism; indeed, most sufferers’ symptoms display subconsciously while they are asleep.
For those who have lost teeth as a result of bruxism, or for any other reason, an implant dentist may be able to use dental implants as a means of tooth replacement. Dental implants are an excellent substitute for lost teeth, offering all the strength and stability of a natural tooth while also retaining the health benefits a natural tooth affords the gums and jawbone.
However, for the best chance of success for dental implants, it is important that the underlying cause of the bruxism be treated; otherwise the chances of dental implant treatment being successful become reduced. That is not to say bruxism sufferers cannot receive dental implants, as there is help available to treat this condition such as wearing protective night-guards to help minimize the impact of teeth-clenching and grinding, or relaxation techniques to combat stress.
The chances of compromise can be attributed to the fact that bruxism doesn’t just affect the condition of the teeth, but can also affect the underlying jaw bone. For dental implants to have the best chance at success, the patient requires a good amount of healthy bone matter to allow the titanium pillar used in the treatment to bond with the bone and provide stability and strength.
Dental implants rely on the chemistry between a small titanium rod used in the treatment and the jawbone, and any trauma suffered by teeth through bruxism can potentially affect the jawbone as well, as neither a tooth’s natural root, or the titanium pillar are designed to withstand the pressures exerted by teeth grinding and clenching for a prolonged period.
Bruxism can undermine the chances of success, especially during the early phases of the treatment, as the titanium pillar may shift under the pressures exerted during bruxism episodes, and so may not successfully bond with the jawbone.
Even after successful treatment, bruxism can damage dental implants in much the same way as normal teeth. For the best chances of success with dental implants, an implant dentist can offer advice on how to deal with issues of bruxism.
Contact our Irving TX office for more information and to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants.
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PEDRO F. FRANCO, DDS
HOWARD B. PRICE, DDS
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