If you are experiencing a sore jaw, a dull headache or tooth pain you may be experiencing a condition called “Bruxism”. Bruxism is more commonly known as teeth clenching and teeth grinding. It is an involuntary movement that we often don’t even know we are doing. At times you may grind and clench your teeth while sleeping, and this can cause tension and discomfort in the jaw when you wake up. Other times you may be clenching and grinding when you are stressed, concentrating and working out.
If you are suffering from Bruxism the dentist may recommend a night guard for you. A night guard is a special laboratory made appliance that is custom for you. Although its name is ‘night’ guard, if your Bruxism occurs during the day, that is when you should wear it. The device allows for a cushioning effect when clenching and grinding so you do not have tooth to tooth contact.
If you are experiencing a sore jaw, dull head pain or tooth ache, please call us to make an appointment with one of our dentists.