Do you wake up with a headache each day? Do you ever wonder why your jaw hurts so much first thing in the morning? Chances are, you have developed a case of bruxism, or the clenching together of your teeth. Clenching causes pressure on the muscles, tissues, and other surrounding structures of the jaw, which results in various pain in the jaw, neck, ear and head. Because your muscles are so tense, if not treated, your teeth will begin to wear and cause damage to the temporomandibular joint (the hinge that connects the lower jaw to the upper jaw).
The cause of bruxism is not completely known, but many agree that stress and anxiety play a major role. Because of this, stress reduction and anxiety management are methods used to treat bruxism symptoms, but a dental night guard is the most commonly used treatment method. A night guard is a horseshoe-shaped, retainer-like, plastic appliance with shallow borders that can be worn on either the top or the bottom teeth. It is intended to protect the teeth from the pressure of clenching and grinding by having a protective cushion between the upper and lower teeth. A night guard is a simple and affordable decision for protecting your teeth and jaws from the damaging effects of bruxism. When properly made by your dentist, it can help reduce clenching, grinding, and TMJ problems by helping to relax the muscles in the jaw.
If you find that you are waking up with unusual pains, it is important that you seek some advice from a dental professional. They will be able to give you the best advice about how to treat your bruxism.
For more information about bruxism treatment options, call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 9255-934-5526 or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.
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