Dental implant FAQs
Teeth grinders, bruxism and dental implants
Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a relatively common condition that often occurs at most often at night, during sleep, and is referred to as nocturnal bruxism; which is particularly common in younger patients. The possible reasons for bruxism include stress and anxiety, with different patients showing varying degrees of the condition.
Some cases do not cause much harm and do not affect the patient’s health, but some can and do cause serious damage to the patient’s teeth, which requires immediate medical attention. Bruxism is caused by an uncontrollable chewing reflex in the brain.
In most cases, patients find out about the condition from the person they sleeps with in the same room. In extreme cases the patient may notice symptoms such as jaw and facial aching in the morning. If a person grinds their teeth at a young age, the condition is likely to disappear with time.
What is the solution for teeth grinders with a dental implant restoration?
Dentists can provide a specially designed night-guard in order to mitigate the damage done to the teeth by grinding. This is worn at night and will protect the teeth from the damage, namely the wearing down of the dental enamel. Teeth can deteriorate rapidly unless precautions are taken.
A night-guard is a removable and comfortable prosthesis created in a dental laboratory at the same time as your crown and bridgework.