If you were to wake up with a sore neck or back, odds are you’d start looking for a new pillow or mattress. But what if you wake up with a sore jaw? That doesn’t come from bad mattress or old pillow, so how do you know what to do? Well, there are a few reasons why you might wake up with a sore jaw. One of those reasons is called bruxism.

No, bruxism is not the name of Rumpelstiltskin’s cousin who magically gives you a better night’s sleep in exchange for a sore jaw in the morning. Instead, bruxism is a condition where you grind or clench your teeth while sleeping. We know, we know. Teeth grinding is not nearly as exciting as an imp-like creature blessing your sleep. But it’s real – the bruxism, not the imp.

If you regularly wake up with a sore jaw, you might have bruxism. But that’s not the only tell-tale sign. In fact, a sore jaw could just be the tip of the iceberg. Many people experience a flood of other symptoms, such as regular tension headaches, worn-down teeth that look shorter and flatter than normal, chipped or cracked teeth, and greater tooth sensitivity. Sounds fun, right? Actually, no. By regularly grinding or clenching your teeth, you can drastically change your quality of life for the worse. Just think about it: who’d want a daily life filled with headaches, a sore jaw that makes it harder to talk or eat, and teeth that just don’t look right? Right, nobody would want that.

So, what happens if you are experiencing these symptoms? Well, the first step is to visit our dentists at Spartan Family Dentistry. During your visit, Dr. Martin Trockel or Dr. Sherry Church can check for signs of bruxism to let you know if that really is the cause of your discomfort (if it’s not, maybe it a magical imp after all!). If it turns out that your jaw pain is from bruxism, we can provide you with a comfortable, custom-made night guard that might end up being a better deal than the one you make with the imp.

With a night guard, not only do you get better sleep because you’re not waking up from a tight jaw, but you also protect your teeth from becoming worn down even further and have a dental appliance that is oh so comfortable. And you don’t have to exchange all that for a sore jaw or headaches in the morning. Looks like our night guards might put Rumpie’s cousin out of business.

If you don’t want your comfort and quality of sleep to lie in the hands of an imp, we encourage you to contact our Bixby family dentistry practice at 918-366-3777 and get your customized night guard in Bixby, Oklahoma. It’s that easy!