Dangers of Having Untreated Bruxism If You Have Dental Implants or Dentures
Posted on 7/23/2020 by Keith Boenning, DDS
Bruxism wreaks havoc on your mouth. When people have bruxism, they either clench their teeth at night, or they grind their teeth at night. You may not even know that you have bruxism at all. We're here to tell you that untreated bruxism can cause major damage to your teeth, implants or dentures. Here's a little more information on the troubles that bruxism causes.
What Is Bruxism Exactly?
Bruxism happens for a lot of reasons. One of the most important reasons is that people who are anxious or stressed clench or grind their teeth. You don't know that you are doing it because you're asleep. However, there are some signs that may point to bruxism. You may notice that you wake up with a headache every morning. You may also discover that you have tooth or jaw pain. You may also have ear pain as well. Your teeth might chip, crack or break because of the pressure you are exerting on your teeth.
Over time, bruxism can fracture not only your teeth, but also your dentures or dental implants. You exert an incredible amount of pressure on your jaw if you have bruxism.
How Is Bruxism Treated?
There are several ways to treat bruxism. You can take anti-anxiety medication, which may relax your jaw at night. You can try to lower your stress levels, which may also lower your bruxism. Also, there are mouthguards available that we can make you to protect your teeth and implants if you clench or grind your teeth. We could make you a soft mouthguard, or a harder bite splint that holds your jaw in place. If you are concerned that you have bruxism, why not give us a call, and let us talk to you about the treatments we have for bruxism. Trust us, it is cheaper to treat the bruxism rather than having to pay for new teeth because you can't stop clenching or grinding your teeth at night. Contact our office today to learn more!