Dental implants have quickly become one of the most popular solutions for tooth loss because of their many unique health and lifestyle advantages. With a success rate of over 95%, implants are incredibly reliable and predictable. However, there is still a slight chance of failure, which can be caused by a variety of factors. One of the issues that can lead to implant failure is bruxism (also known as teeth grinding). Read on to learn more about bruxism, how it can impact your dental implants, and what your dentist can do to help!
First, What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a common dental problem that involves the grinding and clenching of teeth. While it can happen at any time of the day, it usually occurs at night when you’re completely unaware. You may notice jaw soreness the next day, but bruxism is often difficult to spot without the help of a professional. Without treatment, the repeated pressure that bruxism puts on your smile will eventually lead to worn down, chipped, cracked, weakened, and broken teeth.
Teeth Grinding & Dental Implant Failure
When it comes to the success of dental implants, the key is the osseointegration process. This is a healing period that can take 3 to 6 months, which allows the implants to fuse to the jawbone. Made of biocompatible titanium, dental implants have the ability to last for over 30 years because they become a permanent part of the body. During osseointegration, it’s vital that the implants remain unmoved and in place. Unfortunately, this is where bruxism can cause problems. Teeth grinding puts unnecessary pressure and force on your implants, increasing their risk of failure. It is possible that repeated grinding and clenching prevents osseointegration from occurring, which will compromise your treatment.
Effective Bruxism Treatment
Thankfully, bruxism doesn’t have to affect your dental implants if you get the right treatment. Plus, during your initial implant consultation, your dentist will always carefully check for conditions like bruxism. Whether teeth grinding is detected well before you want dental implants, or during the beginning of the process, treatment is necessary. Your dentist can create a custom-made nightguard that is worn during sleep to protect your teeth and reduce pressure on your smile. These oral appliances are designed to be comfortable to wear so they don’t impact your sleep, and they will successfully protect your dental implants during the important osseointegration process.
Don’t let your bruxism effect your decision to get life-changing dental implants. Now that you know more about this condition, contact your dentist to set yourself up for a successful tooth replacement with a protected smile.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. R. David Brumbaugh has over 25 years of dental experience, and he offers effective, personalized nightguards and mouthguards for the best protection. He partners with local specialist who are dedicated to placing dental implants successfully. If you have any questions, Dr. Brumbaugh can be reached through his website or by phone at (214) 369-5159.