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Why Bruxism Is Problematic For Dental Implants


Bruxism (otherwise known as chronic teeth grinding) isn’t as rare as you might think and in more cases than not, it occurs when the individual is asleep. Therefore they may not even know that they do it. However if you’re considering undergoing surgery for dental implants in Richmond, or indeed anywhere else in the country then it could be problematic. Bruxism can cause untold wear and tear on the enamel of the teeth causing it to crack. As a result it’s often closely linked with tooth loss. So how does this affect dental implants?


Although dental implants are incredibly strong and durable, abnormal wear and tear such as continual teeth grinding can impact on the implant in such a way that it can cause them to crack or come loose. This is more so especially in the early days when the implants are still ‘settling in’.


So does this mean that people with bruxism can’t have dental implant surgery?

Well….yes and no! Although it doesn’t mean that a bruxism sufferer can’t have dental implants, the problem does need to be addressed and treated before the implantation process can go ahead.


So how is it treated?

Believe it or not, for many people chronic teeth grinding is often caused by stress. As such, learning a variety of ways to manage stress, coupled with making key lifestyle and health changes can be enough to stop bruxism. Sleep apnea is another condition that is often linked with bruxism and this too can be treated with simple therapy techniques and lifestyle changes.


What about life after dental implants?

Here at Sheen Dental we’ve been fitting dental implants in Richmond for many years and as such are trained to place implants in such a way to promote proper jaw positioning. As a result the improved natural bite that people say they get when implants replace missing teeth might be all that’s required to stop teeth grinding. Conversely in extreme cases then it’s often advisable that a mouth guard be worn at night. It is designed to sit comfortably over the top of your implants and will protect the teeth during periods of sleep.


If you suffer from bruxism and would still like to have a chat about dental implants in Richmond, then come and see us. Dr Harmit Kalsi and the team will take each case on its own merit and will develop an action plan that will help you to banish bruxism once and for all. Contact us on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.ukto book your free, no-obligation consultation today.

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