At some point, you will have to think about denture repair if you wear this apparatus. Dentures do an effective job of replacing lost teeth and restoring your mouth’s function. If there is any damage to your dentures, make sure you visit your dentist right away. Though some home options are available, you should always…
Grinding Teeth Can Cause Need for Denture Repair
Persistent teeth grinding or clenching, also known as bruxism, can happen to anyone, even to denture wearers. Even if you never had issues grinding your teeth before, you can develop the condition after getting dentures. Regardless of how long you have been grinding your teeth, it is important to know how much damage the habit can wreak on dentures and the soft gum tissue in your mouth.
Teeth grinding is notorious for causing sore jaws, gums and teeth and can be especially worrisome for anyone with dentures. If your dentures recently became damaged from grinding your teeth too much, there is hope. All you have to do is reach out to a general dentist for direction on how to repair your dentures. Additionally, your dentist may also provide helpful tips on how to stop grinding your teeth.
How grinding or clenching affects dentures
Teeth grinding can greatly affect dentures. For starters, for anyone, denture wearers or not, teeth grinding is going to result in sore jaws and other mouth muscles and gums. For denture wearers, grinding teeth over a prolonged period of time can put pressure and stress on dentures. That will cause them to break or wear down. As a result, the dentures’ life span will be shortened. Replacements will then have to be purchased more frequently.
As if that is not bad enough, teeth grinding may actually continue to damage dentures when they are not being worn. For example, many people tend to grind their teeth while sleeping in a condition known as sleep bruxism. With sleep bruxism, intense pressure is put on gums and bone. Over time, denture wearers may begin noticing a jaw muscle imbalance and may result in poor denture fit. Anyone with dentures knows how important it is to have properly fitting dentures. Wearing dentures that do not fit right can cause sores and other uncomfortable dental health problems.
What to do
Treating the condition is difficult. However, wearing good fitting dentures can actually help lessen teeth grinding. Dentures are designed to balance the jaw, so wearers are less likely to feel the need to clench or grind. Even for those with sleep bruxism, there is hope in the form of a nightguard. Nightguards can help keep the jaw relaxed throughout the night, thereby reducing teeth grinding.
However, in extreme cases of teeth grinding, a nightguard may not be enough. If nothing seems to be working, a stronger appliance may be needed, such as reinforced dentures. These are designed to withstand more wear and tear. This means reinforced dentures may cut down on the amount of damage caused by teeth grinding.
Stop teeth grinding today
If you wear dentures and struggle with grinding your teeth, it may be time to visit a general dentist for help. You do not have to keep waking up with a sore jaw or gums each morning. Find relief today by scheduling a consultation with your dentist.
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