Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist

The Nightly Grind

November 23, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Wade Kifer
tmj treatment fayetteville

Do you wake up with sore muscles that feel like they have put in a whole night of strenuous work? Do you have headaches or soreness that disrupt your morning or nag at you throughout the day? Do you have tooth sensitivity to cold air or beverages? You might suffer from nighttime tooth grinding.

In addition to the symptoms you notice, you could be causing damage that you are completely unaware of. Because your jaws exert an extreme amount of force, you can actually cause damage to your own teeth, gums, and jaw.

The most common symptoms of nighttime grinding 

  • Facial pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw pain
  • Worn and chipped teeth
  • Headaches
  • Neck aches
  • Shoulder pain

Clenching and grinding can cause extensive damage leading to broken teeth, chipped teeth, premature wear, and even requiring full mouth rehabilitation in some cases. Regular teeth grinding can also cause jaw joint problems, some of which may not be reversible without surgery. 

Fortunately for our patients, we treat excessive clenching and grinding with a non-invasive splint therapy. Splint therapy can protect your teeth while you sleep and help to prevent continued damage. 

If your condition includes TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders, we can also address that condition using splint therapy, occlusal equilibration, restorations, and orthodontics.

Most patients experience symptom relief from clenching and grinding in a relatively short period of time. We will take impressions of your teeth and create a custom splint for you that fits snugly, comfortably, and is easy to get used to. We will fit it for you to ensure the best comfort and potentially schedule periodic adjustments to make sure that it continues to fit properly.

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