Clenching Your Teeth Won't Be a Problem with Dentures, Right?
Posted on 1/27/2018 by Tuttle Crossing Dental Group
Bruxism is a condition in which you unconsciously clench your teeth. In some cases, you may even clench your teeth harder than you can consciously. Bruxism can occur while you are awake or while you are sleeping.
Bruxism can cause serious damage to your teeth. You might think that if you have dentures, bruxism is no longer an issue. However, bruxism can still be just as harmful.
Clenching is Hard on Your Dentures
When your jaw clenches, your dentures press together. The pressure exerted on your dentures is more than they are designed to handle.
This can cause you to wear down your dentures faster, and potentially even break them. With bruxism, you will most likely wind up needing replacement sets sooner than if you didn't have the condition.
Sleep Bruxism Can Still Harm Your Mouth
Even without teeth, natural or dentures, bruxism can still cause a significant amount of damage. When your jaw clenches while you sleep, your gums press together with excessive force. This can lead to accelerated bone loss. It can also cause an imbalance in your jaw muscles, which will then affect how your dentures fit.
Dentures Can Cause Bruxism
Ill-fitting dentures can actually cause bruxism. When your dentures don't fit well, it can alter the alignment of your jaw, which then puts the muscles off balance. The muscles may then contract harder in an attempt to realign themselves.
Treating Your Bruxism
There are a few ways to treat your bruxism:
Neuromuscular dentures. These dentures are designed to help you achieve a better bite.
Oral appliances. An oral appliance worn at night can keep your jaw in an ideal position while you sleep.
Implant supported dentures. Dental implants are permanent, and can keep your jaw in alignment at all times.
If you suffer with bruxism, and you wear dentures, be sure to speak with your dentist to find the best solution for you.