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Why does my jaw hurt when I wake up?

If you wake up with jaw pain and headaches, you are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from a serious, but common dental condition called bruxism. Bruxism is defined as "excessive clenching or grinding of your teeth." It usually happens while you sleep but may happen during the day, as well, particularly in stressful situations or during rigorous exercise.

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If you wake up with jaw pain, tooth sensitivity, sore teeth, or neck pain, you might be grinding your teeth while you sleep. This behavior can cause serious damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw joints. Therefore, addressing it as soon as possible when you notice the symptoms can help prevent extensive damage.

Custom-Made Nightguards in Chico, CA

At South Chico Dental Care, we treat bruxism with custom nightguards. Not only do night guards protect your teeth, but they also help to relieve the symptoms of clenching and grinding by guiding your jaw into a comfortable position. Patients near Chico report getting used to wearing nightguards to bed after only a couple of nights.

Because we create custom appliances for each patient, they fit snugly and stay put while you sleep. Investing in a nightguard can save you thousands in damaged teeth and dentistry. They are a part of many patients' preventive dental care routines.

Contact Our Chico, CA Dentist Office Today!

Ready to investigate the source of your jaw pain? Contact our dentist office today at (530) 636-4943 to schedule your consultation for night guards with Dr. Dan Surh

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