Poway and Rancho Bernardo, CA
All you know is you regularly wake up with an incredible headache but no explanation as to why it is happening. Well, sometimes when you sleep, you unknowingly may grind your teeth due to a high level of stress or anxiety in life. And in other cases, it may be due to untreated temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder. Unfortunately, this is a common problem called bruxism that is experienced by about 8% of the adult population, and nearly half of those cases report difficulties sleeping. The good news is that it can be easily treated with a custom-fit night guard to help you get a more restful night’s sleep and get rid of those debilitating headaches.
When you grind your teeth while sleeping, you typically wake up with a headache. Since you clench your teeth together, you create pressure that can radiate through your jaw and down into your neck that can last all day and interfere with your everyday work and lifestyle. Wearing a nightguard helps buffer the stress on your jaw, neck, and other muscles of the orofacial system. By alleviating the pressure, patients often report a dramatic decrease in tension headaches and sleep better.
Has your dentist ever asked you if you grind your teeth? If so, it’s because they have seen signs of teeth grinding. A teeth grinder often exhibits worn down teeth, or even experiences excessive damage to their teeth or existing dental restorations. For instance, older fillings may crack and fall out, or the porcelain on a dental crown or bridge may fracture. A night guard will put a cushion between your teeth to absorb the pressure, adding a protective layer between them. In cases where bruxism is caused by untreated TMJ disorder, Dr. Cook can design a specially made oral appliance that not only realigns the jaw into proper alignment but also alleviates pressure on your teeth and jaw joints while you sleep at night.
Grinding your teeth without protection can cause a myriad of dental problems. As we all know, dental work can quickly get expensive based on how much and what type of work needs to be completed. Therefore, the longer you go without a mouth guard, the more damage is likely to occur. Schedule an appointment today with Smiles by Dr. Cook so you can be custom fitted for your high quality, comfortable solution and stop causing damage to your teeth.
To help reduce the effects of teeth grinding, talk to Dr. Cook to see how she can help you with additional resources to reduce your teeth grinding habit. Dr. Cook is an LVI-trained, neuromuscular dentist in Poway that has extensive knowledge and experience diagnosing and treating cases of bruxism. If you’ve been experiencing frequent headaches when waking up in the morning, please call (858) 673-0141 or contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today. With a cost-effective and convenient way to treat your teeth grinding condition, you’re sure to get more rest at night and feel better in the morning, ready to take on the day. We welcome patients from Poway and Rancho Bernardo, California.