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Do Your Dentures Suffer When You Grind Your Teeth?

Posted on 7/10/2018 by Front Desk
Do Your Dentures Suffer When You Grind Your Teeth?Grinding the teeth can cause many problems. It can cause a person to lose some of their teeth. But if a person no longer has their natural teeth and has turned to dentures do they still have to worry about grinding their teeth.

These are some of the problems that can happen to dentures when you grind your teeth.

Grinding during the Day

Most people think of teeth grinding as something that happens at night when they sleep. This is not the only way that people grind their teeth. Some of the people who suffer from bruxism (the name for teeth grinding) will have chewing muscles that clamp down extremely hard. It can cause them to bite down harder than normal. This can cause damage to the dentures. It is possible that they will wear down faster or they may break.

Sleep Bruxism

Most people take their dentures out when they sleep. They may assume that this will prevent any damage to the dentures if they grind their teeth when they sleep. While the dentures will not wear down or break if they are not in when sleeping, it is possible that sleep bruxism will damage the gums and the jaw.

This could lead to the dentures not fitting properly or more resorption of the gums. That can lead to uneven wear of the dentures when they are put back in.

The good news for denture wearers that suffer from bruxism is that there are things that can help. Appliances can help prevent damage to the gums when you are sleeping. Reinforced dentures are a possible way to prevent them from wearing down or breaking.

The best way to find out what to do to prevent bruxism from damaging your dentures is to talk to our dental professionals. Take a moment and contact our office to find out what you can do.
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