Dental Implants and Bruxism
At Sheen Dental we’ve been fitting dental implants in Richmond successfully for many years and whilst dental implants can provide a permanent and indeed extremely effective way of replacing broken or missing teeth, there are certain issues that will hinder the process. Bruxism is one of these.
Otherwise more commonly known as teeth grinding, bruxism is far more common than you might think. 8% of the population (or just over 5 million) suffer from some form of teeth grinding in the UK alone. As much of it occurs when we are sleeping, some people might not even know that they suffer from it. The issue is that chronic bruxism can not only cause damage to the protective enamel of our natural teeth causing them to eventually crack, but can also cause irreparable damage to implanted teeth. For this reason anyone who experiences teeth grinding should seek advice about their bruxism, before any implants are placed.
So how do you treat bruxism?
Firstly the good news is that bruxism is treatable and can be eradicated (or at the very least controlled) reasonably quickly. In many people bouts of teeth grinding is brought on by stress. So by making simple lifestyle changes, or learning coping techniques such as relaxation and breathing, will help to bring it under control. As already stated, many of us have a tendency to grind our teeth when we’re asleep and this is often closely linked with issues such as sleep apnoea. If this is the case, then specialist therapy sessions have been proven to help. If any of the above suggestions aren’t working, then a night guard, worn to protect the teeth when sleeping, may well be a solution to the problem. It’s comfortable to wear as it sits neatly over the teeth whilst sleeping and is designed specifically for this purpose.
How Dental implants can help
Sometimes just the fact of having a dental implant fitted can correct the problems of teeth grinding. Here at Sheen Dental our dentists specialise in dental implants in Richmond and are trained to position the implants in such a way that they promote best positioning of the jaw. As such the improved bite gained when missing teeth are replaced by implants, plus the fact that implants can further halt jaw bone deterioration that naturally occurs when teeth are missing, may well be all it takes to correct the problem of bruxism.
As you can see, bruxism doesn’t have to be a reason to prevent a patient from having a dental implant in Richmond, but it needs to be mentioned so that your dentist can develop a proper, tailor- made treatment plan. Why not contact us on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk to see just what we can do for you.