The pain in your jaw is NOT something you should endure any longer.
You should be able to eat without problems. You should not have soreness on your face, and you should not be living with frequent headaches or earaches.
If you have a TMJ disorder, you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep. If so, our team at Prosthetic Dentistry can diagnose your problem and provide a solution.
Before we can help, however, you have to call 360-229-5861 to make an appointment with us in Tumwater, WA.
Signs Of Teeth Grinding
You may not know that you are a teeth grinder. Millions of people do this while they sleep. This is why you can deal with the effects without realizing that it may be an issue for you.
So, what should you look for to figure out if you might be grinding or clenching your teeth overnight?
The first clue is how you feel when you wake up. In the morning, you may have a painful jaw, a headache, or an earache. If this is happening frequently, your sleepy behavior could be the cause.
A normal human bite can generate 200 to 250 pounds of force. But people who grind their teeth while sleeping have been measured generating 500 pounds of pressure or more. Putting that kind of pressure on your jaw joints (or temporomandibular joints) can lead to the kind of pains you feel upon waking up.
Even if you feel OK when you wake up, the effect of teeth grinding can affect you throughout the day. Many people notice that they feel pain during meals or after eating, particularly if they eat something chewy or hard.
At the same time, grinding can damage your teeth. If your enamel is worn down, you may notice increased sensitivity. Too much pressure can cause cracks to form in your teeth, and it may put added strain on your gums. These things can leave you more vulnerable to tooth decay, cavities, tooth infections, and gum disease.
If you are noticing one or more the symptoms mentioned above, please plan to visit us soon.
Be Proactive About Your Problem
If you suspect you may have a TMJ disorder, the first step is making an appointment with Dr. Rick Jude. He can examine your teeth to look for signs of wear and tear. We have a treatment to help if we find signs of teeth grinding.
We can design a custom mouthguard for you to wear while you sleep. This helps in two ways. First and foremost, it is a barrier between your top and bottom teeth. This can physically stop you from grinding your teeth into each other.
Second, this can alleviate pressure on your jaw joints by adjusting the resting position of your lower jaw while you sleep. This can eliminate or greatly reduce headaches, earaches, and jaw pains.