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:How Teeth Grinding Can Damage Dentures



Posted on 4/20/2020 by Front Desk
:How Teeth Grinding Can Damage Dentures Are you a tooth grinder? A lot of people are. In fact, about 10% of the population suffer from bruxism, which is clenching or grinding your teeth. If you are a tooth grinder, you need to know that grinding or clenching your teeth can cause all sorts of problems for your mouth--including your dentures. In fact, grinding or clenching your teeth can lead to your dentures breaking or other kinds of damage. If you're not sure what we mean, keep reading for more information about dentures and bruxism.

Why Dentures Are Vital

Dentures have been used for centuries as a way to provide prosthetic replacement teeth when natural teeth were lost. In the past, people did not have access to dental care. They also did not know that daily brushing and flossing was essential for good dental health. Also, fluoride was not available in water systems until about 60 years ago. People who have lost all of their teeth need to get dentures in order to eat and speak properly. Dentures are made of plastic, porcelain, composites and acrylic. While they are durable and can last for a long time, they can be broken, cracked or chipped.

Bruxism

When people clench or grind their teeth at night, it can do a lot of damage. Bruxism can cause headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, and face pain. But bruxism can be a lot worse on your dentures. The sheer force that you use to clench or grind your teeth is enough to crack or break your dentures. It can also aggravate other parts of your neck, jaw and face. If you suffer from bruxism, there are ways that we can help you control your bruxism. You may need to wear a night guard to keep you from clenching or grinding your teeth. We have several ideas to help you, so give us a call today.
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