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I have Bruxism, Can I Get Dental Implants?

August 13, 2021 4:54 pm | Published by

Dental implants are the most durable, natural restoration you can get. But with an unchecked bruxism habit, you could be putting your dental implant at risk. In this post, we’ll help you understand what to do about implants if you have bruxism.

What Is a Dental Implant

Dental implants are a tooth restoration treatment favored by many of our patients. Implants are sturdy and comfortable, and allow you to fill gaps in your smile with ease. During the implant process, we drill a small hole in the jawbone in which the titanium implant is carefully inserted. As the area heals, the implant will fuse with the jaw bone, creating a very stable base for the false tooth.

What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism is a stubborn habit that many of our patients deal with, usually while they sleep. Often caused by stress and anxiety, bruxism is simply tooth grinding and clenching. But the implications aren’t simple, especially if you have dental implants.

The Effects of Bruxism on Dental Implants

Bruxism comes with a whole slew of symptoms, including damage to the teeth, headaches, and jaw pain. If you have dental implants, it could threaten your restoration, too. As you clench and grind, you could gradually destroy the restoration and cause implant failure. Whether you have implants or not, this threat of damage is why it’s so important to get fitted for a custom night guard that will lessen the pressure you put on your teeth and protect your smile.

Preventative Dentistry in Cedar Park, Texas

Interested in protecting your teeth and restorations from bruxism and other sources of damage? Here at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry, we’ll help you prevent damage and distress to your smile before it escalates. Ready to book your next appointment? Call our office or visit our website to get started.

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