Clenching & Grinding

Skyway Dental Clinic

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in North Loop, Minneapolis, MN

Jaw pain, tension headaches, and toothaches can be signs that you might be suffering the effects of teeth grinding or “bruxism”. At your appointment, Dr. Fred Schilling or Dr. Maggie Craven and the team at Skyway Dental Clinic in Minneapolis can get to the bottom of your discomfort and determine whether you’re grinding your teeth at night. Call or book an appointment online today for more information.

Clenching & Grinding Q & A

What is teeth grinding?

Teeth grinding is a common condition in which you grind or clench your teeth. While it’s normal to clench your teeth during times of stress, move their teeth back and forth at night.

Also called bruxism, teeth grinding is nearly impossible to avoid if you do it at night, while you sleep.

 

What causes teeth grinding?

While teeth grinding a known symptom of stress and anxiety, bruxism is most often caused by:

  • An abnormal bite
  • Missing teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Sleep apnea

For most patients, bruxism only worsens over time, so talk to Dr. Schilling or Dr. Craven right away if you think you may be suffering from chronic teeth grinding or clenching. 

Does teeth grinding cause any symptoms?

You may not realize you’re grinding or clenching your teeth at night until your dentist notices you’re suffering from tooth erosion during a routine checkup.

Other common symptoms of nighttime teeth grinding include:

  • Tight jaw
  • Headaches
  • Tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw soreness
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Swollen gums
  • Facial sensitivity

As your teeth begin to grind down, these uncomfortable symptoms typically start to worsen.

 

What can a dentist do to help?

If you’re a nighttime teeth grinder, a trip to the dentist is your best bet for finding a solution that actually works.

The team at Skyway Dental Clinic fits you for a nighttime appliance, such as an NTI device, that you can wear while you sleep. This protects your teeth from further grinding damage and reduces your symptoms.

In more severe cases, Dr. Schilling or Dr. Craven may actually recommend consulting a TMD (temporomandibular disorder) specialist.

Other at-home remedies for reducing the symptoms of bruxism include:

  • Reducing your caffeine and alcohol intake
  • Avoiding gum and gummy candies
  • Massaging the muscles in your jaw and neck
  • Limiting stress in your life

Home remedies can work wonders on loosening your tight jaw, especially if you tend to grind your teeth during times of stress.

However, for nighttime teeth grinders, a customized mouthguard is the only surefire way to ensure your grinding doesn’t worsen and cause further damage to your teeth.

Call or book an appointment online today with Skyway Dental Clinic to learn more about teeth grinding remedies.