Bruxism Treatment IN LAS VEGAS & HENDERSON, NV
ANTHEM PERIO, LAS VEGAS' CHOICE FOR ADVANCED PERIODONTICS
Bruxism treatment is a safe and effective procedure commonly performed for patients who suffer from grinding and/or clenching their teeth (bruxism), especially while sleeping. If bruxism is left untreated long enough, serious issues can develop, including the following:
- Bone recession
- Gum recession
- Damaged dental restorations
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Tooth/teeth loss
- Migraines/frequent headaches caused by constant pressure
- Extreme sensitivity to foods or beverages that are cold or hot
- Tooth pain
- Jawbone pain
- Joint or muscle spasms in the neck, jaw, and/or face
An initial consultation and general examination will be necessary to determine if you have bruxism, and if so, what bruxism treatment option is right for you. During this visit, we will review your health history, discuss your oral health concerns and goals, and examine your teeth, gums, and cheeks to determine your overall health. Following this examination, we will explain available bruxism treatment options and answer any questions you have. Some of the most common methods for treating bruxism include the following:
- Night guards: The most common method of bruxism treatment is using a custom fit night guard. Night guards can be worn while patients sleep, providing a buffer and significant reduction in the amount of abrasion that occurs due to grinding. Although it may not correct bruxism right away, night guards will reduce the damage that occurs, and many patients have experienced significant improvements when wearing night guards over an extended period of time.
- BOTOX/Corticosteroid Injections:Injecting BOTOX or a corticosteroid into the joint has successfully alleviated bruxism symptoms for some patients, though results vary. Injecting BOTOX into these areas weakens the muscles, which reduces the likelihood of involuntary grinding or clenching, though not so much that chewing, speaking, or daily activities become diminished.
- NTI-tss device: The NTI_tss device covers your front teeth and prevents rear molar grinding by contracting the temporalis muscle. In addition to being used for bruxism treatment, NTI-tss can also help correct tension-headaches, migraines, and TMJ.
The following medications may be helpful in alleviating symptoms caused by bruxism:
- Over the counter anti-inflammatories and pain relievers: OTC anti-inflammatories and pain relievers can be effective in temporarily reducing bruxism symptoms, but unless they are taken in conjunction with lifestyle changes, will not typically correct the issue.
- Muscle relaxants: Muscle relaxants may be an effective form of bruxism treatment when bruxism is caused by muscle spasms.
- Tricyclic antidepressants: Results vary from patient to patient, but tricyclic antidepressants have been shown to be effective in treating bruxism and reducing bruxism related pain.
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Lifestyle Treatment Options
Making minor changes in your daily lifestyle habits may result in significant improvement of your bruxism symptoms. If you are currently suffering from bruxism symptoms and are looking for non-surgical bruxism treatment, consider the following:
- Stretch/Massage: There are several different stretching and massage techniques that have been effective in relieving symptoms and reducing occurrence of bruxism.
- Mindfulness/Relaxation Techniques: Though not clinically proven, there are strong indications that stress is one of the most common underlying causes of bruxism, as evidenced by the occurrence of bruxism in highly-stressful occupations, such as lawyers, doctors, etc. Learning to reduce stress through practicing mindfulness or practicing relaxation techniques can provide a range of health benefits, and may reduce or correct bruxism symptoms.
- Counseling/Education: Counseling and education can help patients learn to identify triggers that cause them stress and learn and implement methods for coping with these triggers.
- Physical therapy: There are several exercises designed to stretch and strengthen your jaw that can help alleviate issues related to bruxism.
- Night Guards/Oral Splints: Some patients who wear customized night guards and/or oral splints have experienced reduction in bruxism symptoms.
- Modified Diet: Avoiding foods that are hard or sticky and following a soft food diet can provide your jaws with a much-needed break and reduce bruxism symptoms.
- Hot/Cold Compresses: Applying a hot or cold compress can reduce swelling and alleviate bruxism
Cost of Bruxism Treatment
The cost of bruxism treatment is contingent on a variety of factors, including the severity of your case, the type of treatment provided, and your dental insurance plan. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we are committed to helping you maximize your insurance reimbursement so you can receive optimal care, which is why we will file your claim and handle your paperwork. Please be aware, though, that any remaining balance following coverage is your responsibility to cover. Though not required, we do offer a discount for patients who pay their bill in full (cash, check, or credit) prior to treatment.
Before scheduling your appointment, we will provide an estimated total cost and answer any questions you have concerning payment plan options, such as Care Credit and/or Lending Club, which offer interest-free payment plans for six-to-twelve-month periods.
For your convenience, we accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.
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At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we offer conservative treatment of gum disease and a comprehensive list of procedures, ranging from periodontal maintenance, diagnosis and treatment of oral pathology, dental implants, and/or cosmetic procedures to improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. Our number one goal is to provide optimal care in a comfortable and relaxed environment. To schedule an appointment for bruxism treatment, contact our office at (702) 562-9024.