Why does my jaw hurt in the morning?
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.
If you wake up with jaw pain, tooth sensitivity, sore teeth, or neck pain, you might be clenching and grinding your teeth. 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.
At South Chico Dental Care, we treat bruxism with custom nightguards. Not only do they protect your teeth, but they also help to relieve the symptoms of clenching and grinding by guiding your jaw into a comfortable position. Our patients report getting used to wearing nightguards to bed after only a couple of nights. Because we create custom appliances, they fit snugly and stay where they belong 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.