Teeth Grinding treatment

Teeth Clenching and Pain Solutions

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.

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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.
  • NTI-tss device: This device only covers the front teeth and must be fitted at our office. The idea behind the NTI-tss is to prevent grinding the rear molars by limiting the contraction of the temporalis muscle in the jaw.

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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I was referred to Dr Barabas by my daughter's orthodontist. She was seen by a "top" oral maxillofacial surgeon prior to my visit. My husband and I wanted her to get a second opinion regarding replacing her bridge with oral implants. Dr. Barabas had already reviewed our case with her orthodontist and looked at all of the necessary x rays prior to our visit together. In short, it was his professional opinion that my daughter was not in any urgent need to undergo this procedure. I was so impressed with his professionalism and his careful consideration of how to properly care for her case. The previous doctor we saw was in a hurry to perform what amounted to 2 expensive and unnecessary procedures that required a long unpleasant recuperation. I was beyond pleased with his office and the care my daughter received.

- Eve S

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i was self conscious of my long tooth for several years every time i smiled. so i didnt smile as fully. i had no idea this was correctable until my dentist pointed it out. he said if he needed this done he would see dr daniel barabas. i came and in one 30 minute procedure dr dan covered my gums up so my teeth matched. i smile again like i used to

- Maria R

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My lower teeth have been loose and rotten for years and I went through many patch jobs. I finally came to Dr. Barabas. He works with the best dentists and referred me to one. I got my rotten teeth out and a full lower set of implants and new screwed in temporary teeth in the same few hours. I cannot believe I didn't do this years ago

- D W

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My front tooth broke off at the gum line while I was out to dinner. I called my general dentist, who was out of town. He said to call this office for an extraction. Dr Barabas stayed late after his full day to take my took out and put in an implant. Knowing I didn't have a temporary tooth, he made me a new tooth in the office and attached it to my implant. When he got back, my dentist said he couldn't have made a nicer one himself! I love this office and the service!

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My wife had been referred to this office for dental implants. She had a good experience so we asked if Dr. Barabas would take our kids wisdom teeth out, and he did a great job at that too. Dr. B is the man!

- Mike W

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i prefer this office because when a non periodontal problem arises, they call and make appointments to have you seen at the specialists they like in other areas. my old dentist thought he could do it all, and now i am dealing with the aftermath.

- john

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This office was the closest actual periodontist to me after I searched for LANAP laser. Two other offices wanted to cut my gums. PAul Barabas lasered my whole mouth in a morning. It no longer bleeds, my breath is better, it never hurt, and I have a new dentist for a long time!

- Anonymous

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i went to an office based on a direct mail piece i got at home. they told me i needed tens of thousands in treatment and surgery and extractions and sent me to the finance person. i came to dr barabas and found out i needed a fraction of the treatment i was told and he also referred me to a trustworthy general dentist in town who also found nothing additional.

- Anonymous

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I have been coming here for close to 30 years- just learned that in my chart. This is the most trustworthy and and professional office anywhere. They know my mouth better than I do!

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Dr. Barabas saved my teeth- I cannot believe everyone with gum problems doesn't come for LANAP.

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Very personable and professional. I was nervous and Dr.Barabas answered all my questions and put me at ease. Procedure was swift and easy. So glad I did it. Very happy with my implants and new smile.

- Mary M

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