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Bruxism is Still a Problem Even with Dentures

Posted on 12/23/2016 by Dr Wael Garine
A woman grinding her new dentures from stress.Bruxism is a condition in which you clench and/or grind your teeth. You exert an extreme amount of force, and are usually unaware that you do so (most bruxism happens at night).

Bruxism can have a severe impact on your natural teeth - causing wearing, gum recession and loose or sensitive teeth. You might think that if you have dentures, you can't suffer from this condition, but the truth is, it can still be a problem.

What Causes Bruxism?

Bruxism can stem from a number of different causes. One of the most common issues is stress and anxiety. When you are stressed, you tense your muscles, including your jaw. This tensing could lead you to clench your jaw.

Other causes of bruxism include:

•  Alcohol.
•  Caffeine.
•  Smoking.
•  Certain prescription medications.
•  Malocclusion.

Dentures Wear Faster

Bruxism can be hard on your dentures, as you are exerting more pressure on them than they are designed to take. As a result, dentures may wear faster, meaning that you go through them much faster than you normally would. You may even break them.

Harm to Gums
Even if your dentures are out at night, bruxism can still affect your gums. You may be clenching and rubbing your gums together, which can aggravate bone reabsorption. This means that your jaw degrades faster and changes shape, and your dentures will no longer fit properly.

Poor Fitting Dentures Can Cause Bruxism

One of the causes of bruxism is malocclusion. If your dentures don't fit properly, your bite will be off. This puts unnecessary stresses on your dentures that they aren't designed to withstand.

Solutions
There are a few different things you can do to help with bruxism.

•  You can look into a type of dentures known as neuromuscular dentures. These dentures are able to form a better bite.
•  Sleep bruxism can usually be helped with the aid of a custom fit mouth guard.
•  Implants are another way to help keep your bite lined up correctly.

If you wear dentures and bruxism is plaguing you, contact our office to find the best solution.

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