Bruxism Columbus, OH
Bruxism is a common sleep disorder that is characterized by the clenching or grinding of teeth, especially while sleeping. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to a variety of issues, which include jaw pain, headaches, and even jawbone deterioration. Fortunately, there are several treatment options to choose from, including mouth guards and splints, dental correction, biofeedback, anxiety, or stress management, and if necessary, medication.
Bruxism usually is the result from the following symptoms:
- Sore teeth and jaw when waking or throughout your day.
- You experience frequent headaches.
- Accelerated stress.
- Encountering frequent earaches.
- You are dealing with depression, stress, or anxiety.
- You have an eating disorder.
Because there are a variety of reasons why tooth wear may occur, bruxism is frequently misdiagnosed. At East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry, our entire team loves helping you develop optimal oral health as well as a functional and healthy smile. Our team uses forward thinking treatments and state-of-the-art technology, to ensure the most comfortable treatment for you. Our practice focuses on delivering personal care and developing individual treatment plans based on your unique needs. We emphasize preventive care and patient education because we want you to understand why it is important to keep your mouth healthy and how to do it. We are located at 5180 E. Main St., Suite A, Columbus, OH, 43213. Please call us today at 614-864-2561 to establish an appointment for an evaluation of the benefits of Bruxism treatment for you.
To determine if you have bruxism, you will need to schedule an initial examination, during which East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry will inspect for indications of enamel loss and the overall severity of your case. If you have a more severe case you might need to have a dental crown placed, or if you have a less severe case you may simply need to begin wearing a nightguard.
If you are diagnosed with bruxism, it is important to schedule your treatment as soon as possible. If left untreated, bruxism can cause the following issues to develop:
- Occlusal trauma: Bruxism will result in continued friction and pressure being placed on the surfaces of your teeth, which will eventually weaken the chewing surfaces. Once these surfaces have become worn down, they are more prone to cracking.
- Facial pain: Patients with untreated bruxism frequently complain about persistent pain around their jaw, as well as facial swelling and frequent headaches.
- Gum recession: Untreated bruxism is a primary reason that you can develop periodontal disease that leads to gum recession, and if left untreated long enough, tooth loss. Due to the excessive grinding of your teeth, damage occurs to the soft tissue, which will cause the teeth to become loose. Once your teeth become loosened, the pockets between the gums become deeper, which then allows for additional bacteria to become trapped. When this happens, the structure of the tooth and the jawbone will begin to decay.
- TMJ: Everyone has two temporomandibular joints (TMJ), one on the left and one on the right. If left untreated, bruxism will eventually damage one or both these joints, which can result in you developing TMJ. Symptoms usually manifest as rustling, clicking, or popping in the jaw joint, along with muscle or jaw joint pain. Other symptoms include tinnitus, headaches, difficulty opening your jaw or a jaw that locks in place, and even numbness in your fingertips and face.
Treating Your Bruxism
There are range of treatment options available for treating bruxism. To determine which treatment option is appropriate for you, it will be necessary to identify the primary cause of your issue. For example, If the root cause appears to be related to your stress, East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry will encourage you to consider certain lifestyle changes, such as practicing yoga, meditating, and other self-care practices.
If these treatment plans do not result in improved symptoms, the following treatment options are available.
- Mouthguards: One of the most effective methods for treating bruxism is a custom fit mouthguard that can be worn at night. These night guards will effectively reduce the amount of abrasive action that occurs to the surfaces of your teeth while you sleep. Wearing a mouthguard over a period of time will help stabilize your occlusion and prevent additional damage to your teeth from occurring.
- Botox®: Botox has become an increasingly popular option for treating Bruxism. By injecting Botox into targeted areas, the muscles will become relaxed enough that grinding will not occur as frequently but does not weaken them to the point where daily activities such as speaking, or chewing will be negatively impacted.
- NTI-tss device: A device that covers your front teeth, NTI-tss limits the contraction of the temporalis muscle, which will in turn prevent your rear molars from grinding.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY
Dr. Levy and the staff are wonderful, friendly, caring people. They make you feel calm during what can be a very stressful time. I had a deep cleaning & extraction yesterday and it was painless and quick. I was in and out in just a little over an hour. I received instructions for my aftercare along with the items needed to take care of my mouth. I feel wonderful today, no pain and eating normally. If you have anxiety about visiting the dentist, come see Dr. Levy and staff, they will put you at ease and take good care of you!
- Christi L
Everyone made me feel so welcomed even though I was nervous, Dr. Levy was great and informative made me feel very comfortable. I would recommend this office to anyone.
- Dee H.
The Cost of Your Bruxism Treatment
The cost of your bruxism treatment will vary depending on your individual needs and your personal treatment plan. We will discuss with you the cost of your treatment and each of your available payment options before we begin, so that you can make the best choice for your situation.
Affordable Payment Plans
Your smile is an invaluable asset, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best dental care when you need it. East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry accepts most major credit cards and insurance plans. Our office staff is always available to help you with insurance claims and any paperwork. We work with your insurance provider to make sure that your coverage meets your needs and your budget.
Please let us know if you have any questions about your insurance coverage.
A Mission Statement YOU can Trust for High Quality Periodontal Care
The entire team at East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry is focused on providing you with excellence in periodontal and implant care in a concerned, caring, gentle, friendly, and relaxed environment.
Our philosophy of care is multidisciplinary, to create partnerships with your general dentist as well as other dental specialists and provide you with the most comprehensive treatment planning and care that is available today.
Our team believes that communication is crucial for both you and us, both in written documentation and verbal communication. Value-based decisions are at the cornerstone of our personalized treatment for you. We are located at 5180 E. Main St., Suite A, Columbus, OH, 43213. Please call us today at 614-864-2561 to establish an appointment that works for your schedule.