Night time and day time grinding (Bruxism) as well as chronic clenching can lead to dental implant failure. A well healed (oseo-integrated) dental implant can handle normal biting forces. Abnormally heavy forces especially in the lateral direction can lead to bone loss, implant mobility and/or breaking of the dental implant. Bruxism can also lead to tooth loss for those who do not have dental implants.
Placing dental implants in someone who has bruxism can be a difficult. The crowns have to be designed to minimize the load on the dental implants. In addition the patient must wear a night guard to protect the teeth and dental implants.
If bruxism is a problem, please discuss your options with your family dentist or schedule an appointment with John Freeman MD, DDS, FACS.