With dental implants, patients can enjoy stronger jawbones, healthier gum tissue and more resilient smiles. However, not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. Before you can get implants, you will need to speak with our dentist in Durango, CO so that he can see if you are in good enough health to support the implants. One thing Dr. Mason Miner will look at is whether you clench your teeth frequently.


Bruxism Prevents You From Adequately Taking Care of Your Implants

Some estimates report that up to 8 percent of adults in the United States suffer from bruxism, which is a habitual condition where people clench or grind their teeth when they sleep. It puts a lot of pressure on the teeth and jawbone, and it can compromise the success of the implantation.

You will need to schedule several appointments for your implant to be a success. At first, our dentist will put the implant into the jawbone, and it will take a few months for the titanium post to fuse with the bone tissue. If you constantly put pressure on the bone, then the process will not work.

You Can Still Qualify With the Right Actions

Dental implants can still be an option, but you will need to treat bruxism first. Many people grind their teeth due to stress, so our dentist may recommend reducing stress and practicing relaxation techniques to see if there is any success. Our dentist may also prescribe a mouthguard for you to wear so that when you do clench your jaw, the impact to your teeth and bone tissue is mitigated.

 Contact Us To Develop Your Treatment Plan

Dr. Miner has helped numerous people around Durango, CO receive dental implants. Call us to schedule a consultation. At this meeting, Dr. Miner will let you know whether you can begin the process immediately or if further action is required first.