How can we help you?
It’s normal to have questions about your health care. Here at South Chico Dental Care, we encourage and invite your questions. We want you to feel comfortable and confident in our care.
Some of our most commonly asked questions are listed here. If yours is not, please give us a call or email us on our contact page and we will be happy to make sure you get the answers you need!
Nightguards and Appliances
You're Not Alone
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.
Possible Causes of Morning Jaw Pain
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.
Bruxism and Custom Nightguards
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.
Ready to investigate the source of your jaw pain? Contact our office today to schedule your consultation and take a step towards living a pain-free life.