Avoid the Grind: Teeth Grinding Can Ruin Dental Implants By Joe McIntyre, DDS on December 24, 2015

A crown supported by a dental implantDr. Joe McIntyre and Dr. Dan Whiting are among the leading dentists in the Bridgewater area, offering advanced treatment options for complicated dental health problems. This includes implant dentistry to address problems with missing teeth.

Successful dental implant treatment means good dental health and wellness. With that in mind, we want to consider the issue of teeth grinding and why it has to be taken seriously when it comes to dental implants treatment.

What Is Teeth Grinding?

Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding is the clenching, grinding, gnashing, and shifting of the teeth that occurs when a person is asleep. Over time, this can lead to tooth damage, gum recession, issues with the alignment of your jaw joint, and many other dental health and general wellness problems.

What Causes Teeth Grinding?

Teeth grinding is often the result of stress, poor dental alignment, or a combination of those two factors. It can also occur as a side effect to some types of drugs and medications.

Can Teeth Grinding Lead to Problems with My Dental Implants?

Yes.

The amount of pressure that is applied to the dental appliance, the dental implant(s), and other parts of your mouth can lead to potential problems as you're recovering from dental implant surgery. It can also affect the overall stability and strength of dental implants if the issue is not addressed in a timely manner.

What Is the Worst Case Scenario?

There are a few problems that may occur that are very serious.

For one, if teeth grinding occurs while you are recovering from dental implant surgery, the pressure on the teeth, gums, and jawbone can result in implant failure. In such cases, the implant is unable to fuse properly with the bone and gum tissue, meaning that it is not stable enough to support an appliance or remain in place.

If you have already recovered from dental implant surgery and begin to grind your teeth, the consistent pressure and stress placed on the dental implant can lead to cracks in the jawbone structure and gum recession as well, making the dental implant less stable and the patient more prone to serious dental health problems.

How Teeth Grinding Can Be Treated and Prevented

If you suffer from teeth grinding, it's important that you seek the help of a dentist as soon as you can. You will likely be given a mouth guard to wear while you sleep. This will prevent direct contact between the teeth of the upper dental arch and the teeth of the lower dental arch, reliving stress on the jawbone and the jaw joint.

In addition, you will likely be instructed to participate in various kinds of stress relief activities in order to minimize the amount of grinding that occurs.

How We Help Prevent Dental Implant Failure

We provide patients with extremely detailed pre-op and post-op instructions for dental implants surgery. This prepares patients for recovery and also reduces the chances of complications and failure as patients heal.

Contact Dr. Joe McIntyre and Dr. Dan Whiting

For more information about dental implants and what can be done to ensure successful treatment, be sure to contact our team of cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Joe McIntyre and Dr. Dan Whiting will help you have the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible.

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