Bruxism Treatments

Bruxism is an oral parafunctional activity that commonly occurs in most people at some point in their lives. The two main characteristics of this condition are grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. These actions usually occur during a person’s sleeping hours, but occasionally they occur during the day.

Bruxism is one of the most common known sleep disorders. Chewing is a neuromuscular activity controlled by a subconscious process, but more highly controlled by the brain. During sleep, the subconscious process may become active, while the higher control is inactive (asleep), resulting in bruxism. The most common symptoms are earaches, headaches, depression, eating disorders, anxiety, and chronic stress.

Why should I seek treatment for Bruxism?

  • Gum recession. Bruxism is a leading cause of gum recession and tooth loss. Grinding can damage the soft tissue directly and lead to loose teeth and deep pockets where bacteria are able to colonize and decay the supporting bone.
  • Facial pain. Grinding can eventually shorten and blunt the teeth.  This can lead to muscle pain in the myofascial region and in severe cases, incapacitating headaches.
  • Occlusal trauma. The abnormal wear patterns on the occlusal (chewing) surfaces of the teeth can lead to fractures, which, if left untreated, may require restorative treatment at a later time.
  • Arthritis. In the most severe cases, bruxism can eventually lead to painful arthritis in the temporomandibular (TMJ) joints that allow the jaw to open and close smoothly.

Treatment Options

Though there is no known cure for bruxism, there are a variety of devices and services available through our office to help treat bruxism:

  • Mouthguards. An acrylic mouthguard can be designed from teeth impressions to minimize the abrasive grinding action during normal sleep. Mouthguards must be worn on a long-term basis to help prevent tooth damage.

Once bruxing is under control, we can perform a variety of dental procedures to restore the pleasant aesthetic appearance to your smile such as crown application, gum grafts, and crown lengthening.

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Totally satisfied with my appointmentshoes. Everyone was very good from check in to check out. Dr. Summers was very good. Explained everything that would be done and made sure I was comfortable. Thanks to you all for making this a great visit.

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I have been going to this practice twice annually for over fifteen years. Everyone makes me feel very special each time. I value the staff and trust Dr. Summers and Dr. Johnson. I plan on continuing to get dental care at this office for many years to come!

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Everyone at this office has been very helpful and informative of planned dental work. I hate going to the dentist or doctor, but this staff makes it as pleasant as possible!

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Everyone is so friendly and professional. I've seen Dr. Johnson for TWO implants and each time the procedure and timeline was explained fully. His work is wonderful! The staff is always wonderful and caring from first visit to last. I highly recommend this office for your dental needs; you won't be disappointed!

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Everyone I came in contact was very professional, yet warm, friendly and caring. The procedure was a bit intimidating, but the doctor and assistant made me feel comfortable and explained everything as it was being done. I had very little pain.

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Very sharp and clean facility. Dr. Johnson performed my gum surgery. Although painful afterwards the surgery was a success.

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Summers & Johnson has a very professional and caring environment. From my first visit to the most recent ones, the same level of courtesy and professionalism has been shown. The staff is great and it's easy being a patient. I recommend them to anyone.

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After years of playing with my tongue stud I had done some significant damage inside my mouth. Anything dental/oral tends to scare me pretty badly, but I wanted to save my teeth. I know I was a problem patient, constantly pestering the doctors and staff at every step of the way through the procedure and…

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My experience from my very first appointment has been wonderful! Dr. Johnson came very highly recommended and I travel over 45 minutes to see him. I had some pretty intense work that needed to be done. I was very nervous and anxious, but the staff and Dr. Johnson immediately put me at ease. I can't…

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