Posted on 12/15/2018 by Dr. Hallas
|Bruxism is a technical term for teeth grinding. It is something that many people suffer from. While most people think teeth grinding is something that happens while you sleep, it is something that can happen at any time even when you are awake.
Teeth grinding can cause plenty of damage to your natural teeth. In fact, it is one of the reasons a person may end up needing dentures. But does it also cause problems for people who do have dentures.
Whether the bruxism occurs when you are awake of while you sleep, it can cause damage. Broken teeth, cracked teeth and chipped teeth are just some of the problems associated with bruxism. The damage comes from the pressure exerted on the teeth when clenching or grinding.
Dentures do not take away what causes bruxism. If a person suffered from bruxism with their natural teeth, they will continue to struggle with dentures. In fact, the problems can get worse. The dentures are not as strong as natural teeth. It is easy to damage and break the dentures if when there is too much pressure. Even when the dentures are not in while sleeping, bruxism can cause problems for the gums in the same ways it does to teeth and dentures.
What to Do
It is possible to do something about bruxism when you wear dentures. Neuromuscular bruxism dentures can help balance out the bite. This can help manage the bruxism. For those that suffer from sleep bruxism, there are appliances that can keep the jaw aligned to prevent the bruxism.
Bruxism is not something to ignore. This is especially true when it comes to dentures. It is also possible for dentures to contribute to bruxism. Dentures can cause a bite that is not aligned properly. A bad bite is one of the causes for bruxism.
To learn more about bruxism and the impact it has on your dentures, contact the dental professionals at our offices.