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Bruxism Poses Risks to Surgeries Like Dental Implants in Philadelphia

By Gerald Regni, DMD on January 08, 2015

Philadelphia is one of the largest, busiest, and most populated cities in the country. This shining metropolis boasts of a thriving economy and serves as a home to several Fortune 500 companies. Of course, behind the hustle and bustle of a big city such as this are employees who suffer the consequences of constantly being in high-pressure situations that directly or indirectly affect their health and well-being.

Are Your Teeth in a Grind

An unhealthy work environment can cause a lot of stress. When people are experiencing stress, they become so overwhelmed with their responsibilities that they tend to become less conscious of their lifestyle choices. A plethora of unhealthy habits will begin to surface and develop until it finally builds up and takes its physical and mental tolls on the body.

There are several stress-induced habits that some people do unconsciously, the grinding and gnashing of one’s teeth among them. Statistics show that 5-20% of Americans suffer from bruxism, and many remain oblivious to this condition because it commonly occurs during sleep. Stress triggers our fight or flight mechanism and creates a burst of energy and adrenaline. To burn off this excess energy, we develop habits like grinding and clenching our teeth while sleeping.

Before having a Philadelphia dental implant, one must be wary of the potential risks that bruxism poses. According to Philly.com, “As many as 40 million Americans engage in bruxism, better known as teeth grinding. Five percent to 10 percent of them grind their teeth so severely that they fracture dental fillings or cause other types of tooth damage”.

People who have bruxism apply force that greatly exceeds the average force used when chewing and eating food. Although there is no current study supporting the link between bruxism and implant failure, it is a general belief that the constant and excessive stress placed upon a dental implant may result in some complications.

When life is in the grind, it is difficult to prevent ourselves from practicing habits that we do unconsciously. If you’re suffering from bruxism and are in need of a dental implant, it would be best to consult experienced professionals. Dentists such as Gerald Regni, DMD offer dental implants in Philadelphia and can provide the necessary oral splints and treatment for patients who suffer from bruxism.

(Source: Health Tip: Health Tip: Are Your Teeth in a Grind?, Philly.com, September 26, 2014)

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