Can Bruxism Cause Complications with Dental Implants?
Posted on 2/7/2022 by Dr. David Wanserski
Dental implants are by far the best option when it comes to replacing lost teeth. Implants work almost the same as your teeth, restoring your smile and appearance. However, like your permanent teeth, dental implants can be damaged.
Bruxism is one of the conditions that can damage dental implants. This condition can also damage your natural teeth by wearing them down and making them vulnerable to infections. Therefore, it is important to protect your dental implants and teeth from the impacts of bruxism.
Effects of Bruxism on Dental Implants
Osseointegration is the key to the success of dental implants. This is an important process where tissues from the jawbone fuse with the new dental implant. Osseointegration is a slow process that could take up to several months. While the fusion occurs, it is very important to avoid placing your teeth under any form of pressure. This explains why bruxism is highly dangerous to your dental implants. It increases the risk of dental implant failure due to the fact that it interferes with the osseointegration process. If you repeatedly clench or grind your teeth while recovering from the early stages of dental implant surgery, the chances are that the osseointegration process will not happen. This will compromise the entire procedure.
Nonetheless, you can still get dental implants even if you have bruxism. This is because the most essential qualifying factor of a patient is sufficient gum tissue and bone density to support the implant. Therefore, having bruxism doesn't mean that you can't get dental implants. However, we might change your treatment a bit due to your condition. Depending on your state, we may recommend that you wear a night mouthguard before going to bed. This will help reduce the impact of bruxism on your implants. If the cause of your bruxism is stress, you should try using various stress management techniques to reduce the damage. Contact our offices for more information on the effects of bruxism on dental implants.
Dental Blog | Wausau, WI | Wanserski Dental Center for Complex Dentistry Dr. David Wanserski, DDS, from Wanserski Dental Center for Complex Dentistry, has created this informative blog to help educate the community. Learn more. Wanserski Dental Center for Complex Dentistry, 550 N. 17th Ave. Wausau, WI 54401 | (715) 848-2435 | wanserskidental.com | 2/6/2023 | Associated Words: dental implants Wausau WI |