When you wake up, it’s hard to ignore the pains that you are feeling … in your jaw, your head, or both. This can disrupt your everyday activities.
This may be your first indication of a TMJ disorder, which can be the result of teeth grinding in your sleep. This is an issue that affects millions of Americans. Thankfully, it’s also something we can help you manage at our Laredo, TX dental practice.
Ease Your Pains & Protect Your Smile
TMJ disorders can cause a variety of problems. They can make everyday activities, like eating your lunch or having a long conversation, more difficult than they should be.
Our team has many years of experience helping patients who want to stop clenching and grinding their teeth. By making a specially designed mouthguard for you to wear while you sleep, you can:
- Stop the wear and tear caused by clenching and grinding
- Prevent symptoms like headaches and jaw pain
- Address the root cause of your TMJ troubles
Don’t hesitate to call us if you suspect that you or someone you care about is suffering because of a TMJ issue. You should not spend your life in pain.
Take Control Of Your Situation
The first steps in solving your TMJ troubles is talking to one of our doctors. You should not wake up each more wondering if you need to take a pain reliever. You shouldn’t miss out on time with your family because of pain, either.
If you are having problems with jaw pain, difficulty eating, or facial pains, we could help. If you frequently wake up with morning headaches or earaches, we want to stop those issues.
If you find that your jaw feels stuck, like you can’t open or close your mouth completely, or that your jaw clicks or pops when you open and close your mouth, then you should contact us soon.
Don’t Risk Your Smile
As we noted above, teeth grinding can cause you jaw pains, headaches, and other problems. We don’t want to forget mentioning the toll it can take on your smile.
A typical human bite can generate around 200 pounds of pressure. This is usually only needed rarely for eating certain things (if ever). At the same time, researchers have found that people who grind their teeth in their sleep can generate 500 pounds of pressure or more. And this can go on for hours overnight, which would explain the headaches, jaw pains, and more.
This also wears down the enamel of your teeth. This can lead to cracked teeth, a higher risk of gum disease, and a greater likelihood of tooth decay and cavities.