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By Eby Dental Care
August 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Teeth grinding can quickly wear teeth down, as well as cause headaches, jaw pain, and other side effects. One sometimes overlooked cause of teeth grinding is tooth loss. Dental implants can potentially reduce teeth grinding due to tooth loss by helping fill in the gaps where teeth are missing. Dental implants are available at Eby Dental Care in Okemos MI, where Dr. Eric Eby can determine if you are a candidate for this tooth-replacement option.

Tooth Loss and Bruxism

Tooth loss can affect the alignment of your smile so that the top and bottom rows of teeth are unable to line up properly. In other words, missing teeth can cause your smile to be out of alignment or off balance. This leads to shifting and grinding of the teeth because they cannot find a balanced resting position. Teeth grinding, which is also referred to as bruxism, can get worse during times when an individual is experiencing stress or anxiety. Seeking treatment for teeth grinding due to tooth loss is critical to prevent the remaining teeth from being worn down.

How Dental Implants in Okemos Can Help

Teeth grinding that has developed following tooth loss is treated by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing. Dental implants are an outstanding and reliable long-term option for restoring your smile. Dental implants take the place of tooth roots where teeth are missing and work in conjunction with dental crowns, bridgework, or implant-supported overdentures to replace lost teeth.

Dental Implants Okemos are surgically placed in the jawbone, which allows them to firmly and securely anchor artificial teeth in place. With proper care, dental implants have the potential to hold replacement teeth, such as dental crowns, in place permanently. The skilled dentist at our office in Okemos can determine if dental implants are an option for you. Candidates for dental implants must have enough jawbone to support the placement of the implants. Unfortunately, in addition to sometimes causing bruxism, tooth loss can also result in loss of bone.

If teeth grinding persists even after the placement of dental implants and artificial teeth, there are interventions that can help. Wearing a mouthguard at night can protect both natural and replacement teeth from being worn down by grinding. Developing strategies for reducing stress and alleviating anxiety can also help.

Dental implants can potentially minimize or eliminate teeth grinding due to tooth loss, while also restoring your smile. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric Eby to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants by calling Eby Dental Care in Okemos MI at (517) 349-9860.

TeethGrindinginOlderChildrenandAdolescentsaCauseforConcern

Teeth grinding is one childhood habit that sounds worse than it usually is: often the most harm done is to your night’s sleep. That said, though, it’s still a habit to keep your eye on.

Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding is so common among children that it’s considered normal behavior by many healthcare professionals. As for causes, some suggest a child’s immature neuromuscular chewing control may trigger it, while others point to the change from deeper sleep to a lighter stage as a possible cause. Problems like airway obstruction, medications or stress also seem to contribute to the habit.

For most children, teeth grinding usually fades by age 11 with no adverse effect on their teeth. If the habit extends into adolescence, however, there’s an increased risk for damage, mainly tooth wear.

This can happen because grinding often produces chewing forces 20-30 times greater than normal. Over time this can cause the biting surfaces of the teeth to wear and reduces the size of the teeth. While teeth normally wear over a lifetime, accelerated wear can pose a significant health risk to your teeth. Any sign of tooth wear in a child or adolescent is definitely cause for concern.

If your child’s tooth grinding habit appears to be developing into a problem, your dentist may recommend a few treatment options. The most common is a thin, plastic night guard worn in the mouth during sleep that prevents the upper and lower teeth from making contact. If the suspected cause is airway obstruction, they may refer you to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist to seek treatment for that, as well as other professionals to help with managing stress or medications.

Like thumb sucking, the habit of teeth grinding usually ends with no permanent ill effects. But if you notice it continuing late into childhood or your dentist finds tooth wear or other problems, take action to avoid problems long-term.

If you would like more information on childhood bruxism, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “When Children Grind their Teeth.”

By Eby Dental Care
October 12, 2016
Category: Oral Health
LifeIsSometimesaGrindforBrookeShields

Ever since childhood, when her career as a model and actress took off, Brooke Shields has enjoyed worldwide recognition — through advertisements for designer jeans, appearances on The Muppet Show, and starring roles in big-screen films. But not long ago, that familiar face was spotted in an unusual place: wearing a nasal anesthesia mask at the dentist's office. In fact, Shields posted the photo to her own Instagram account, with the caption “More dental surgery! I grind my teeth!” And judging by the number of comments the post received, she's far from alone.

In fact, researchers estimate that around one in ten adults have dental issues that stem from teeth grinding, which is also called bruxism. (Many children also grind their teeth, but it rarely causes serious problems, and is often outgrown.) About half of the people who are teeth grinders report problems like persistent headaches, jaw tenderness and sore teeth. Bruxism may also result in excessive tooth wear, and may damage dental work like crowns and bridges; in severe cases, loosened or fractured teeth have been reported.

Researchers have been studying teeth grinding for many years; their findings seem to indicate that it has no single cause. However, there are a number of factors that play a significant role in this condition. One is the anatomy of the jaw itself, and the effect of worn or misaligned teeth on the bite. Another factor relates to changes in brain activity that occur during the sleep cycle. In fact, nocturnal (nighttime) bruxism is now classified as a sleep-related movement disorder. Still other factors, such as the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and a high level of stress or anxiety, can make an individual more likely to experience bruxism.

What can be done for people whose teeth grinding is causing problems? Since this condition may have many causes, a number of different treatments are available. Successful management of bruxism often begins by striving to eliminate the factors that may cause problems — for example, making lifestyle changes to improve your health, creating a soothing nighttime environment, and trying stress-reduction techniques; these may include anything from warm baths and soft music at bedtime, to meditation and mindfulness exercises.

Several dental treatments are also available, including a custom-made occlusal guard (night guard) that can keep your teeth from being damaged by grinding. In some cases, a bite adjustment may also be recommended: In this procedure, a small amount of enamel is removed from a tooth to change the way it contacts the opposite tooth, thereby lessening the biting force on it. More invasive techniques (such as surgery) are rarely needed.

A little tooth grinding once in a while can be a normal response to stress; in fact, becoming aware of the condition is often the first step to controlling it. But if you begin to notice issues that could stem from bruxism — or if the loud grinding sounds cause problems for your sleeping partner — it may be time to contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more about bruxism in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Stress and Tooth Habits.”