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What Grinding Your Teeth Can Do to Your Dentures?

Posted on 9/10/2019 by Dr. Frank Sallustio
What Grinding Your Teeth Can Do to Your Dentures?If you suffer from the habit of grinding your teeth (called “bruxism”) you may have already experienced what it can do to your natural teeth. Bruxism can result in teeth that are loose, chipped, cracked, or even completely broken.

At a bare minimum it can result in the accelerated and uneven wear of the chewing surface, causing your teeth to wear out faster than they should. Likewise, if you have dentures, grinding your teeth can be very bad news. Here is some information to consider and, if you do grind your teeth, perhaps help you to seek out a remedy.

Grinding Your Dentures Can Result in an Improper Fit

Dentures are created to fit snugly against the unique contour of your gum tissue. It matters, then, if you grind the dentures because doing so can create unequal and overwhelming pressure against the pliable liner of the dentures.

Over time, this liner can become compressed or warped, meaning that your dentures will no longer fit you the way they should. This can lead to a host of problems on its own: dentures that do not fit correctly, can contribute to denture sores, difficulty chewing or speaking, headaches, and other issues.

Accelerated Wear and Tear
In addition, grinding your dentures will cause the chewing surfaces to wear down much more quickly than they otherwise would. Nothing lasts forever, and dentures are no exception. As the “teeth” of the dentures work against each other, they slowly wear down. Eventually, they must be replaced.

This process takes place much more quickly in the case of someone who grinds his or her dentures. In addition to wearing down faster, it is possible for the dentures to crack, chip, or even break.

If you grind your dentures, there are treatment options available to you. Take a look into them. Your dentures will last longer because of it.
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