Reasons You May Wake Up with Jaw Pain

Aug. 15, 2019 ⋅ Categories: Dental Blog

Do you wake up in the morning with jaw pain? If so, there are several potential causes, and it is important to identify the source to create the right treatment plan. These are some of the most common reasons that your jaw might ache in the morning.

Bruxism

Grinding your teeth – or bruxism – is a classic cause of jaw pain. It occurs when you clench the teeth together without fully realizing it, and it can create tension in both the teeth and the jaw. You might also feel serious pain in the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and joints that support the jaw.

If you wake up with jaw pain, a night guard might be recommended. This mouth guard will add a layer of protection between the top and bottom teeth to relieve the tension of grinding. It can also protect your teeth from unnecessary wear and damage.

TMJ Disorder

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder may affect the side of the jawbone that acts as a hinge connecting the skull and the jaw. In addition to jaw pain, you may experience stiffness, problems opening the jaw, or a clicking or popping sensation when you open or close your mouth. You may also find that the way your upper and lower teeth fit together has changed.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

The wisdom teeth usually erupt during the late teens or early 20s. If your wisdom teeth don’t have adequate room in your jaw to push through the gums properly, they may become impacted. This can lead to some pain toward the back of your jaw.

If you experience a sore jaw in the morning, it is important that we inspect your mouth to determine the source of the problem. Even something as simple as a cavity could be the cause, so you’ll need to treatment to protect your teeth and to find relief. Call us today to set up your appointment.

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