Do you ever wake up with an aching jaw or a dull, lingering headache? If so, your pain could stem from a number of things. However, your dentist might be exactly the person you need to see. Whether you’re experiencing TMJ symptoms, sleep apnea, or teeth grinding, your dentist knows exactly how to help.

When you visit Kuzma Advanced Dentistry, we’ll get to the bottom of any pain you experience to make sure you’re happy. Our office cares about the beauty of your smile but also its function. That includes comfort as well.

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Teeth Grinding Causes More Than One Problem

When you grind your teeth, you not only get headaches and jaw pain but you also wear down your teeth. Persistent teeth grinding can result in both aesthetic and functional problems. Aesthetic issues, for example, include crooked teeth and an uneven smile.

Additionally, you could lose function in your smile with fractured teeth, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. To replace your pearly whites to their former selves, you’ll need restorative dental work. To repair lost enamel and tooth structure, your dentist will use dental crowns. If your dentist has to replace lost teeth, he may use dental bridges or dental implants to fill the gaps.

Grinding Your Teeth Could Come From A Variety Of Things

Many people grind their teeth due to stress or anxiety. Others, yet, have an abnormal bite which induces teeth grinding at night. Some of our patients suffer from sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder that interrupts their restful sleep in many ways, one of which being teeth grinding.

Whatever the reason for grinding your teeth, we want to help relieve your aching jaw and painful headaches. When you visit us at Kuzma Advanced Dentistry, we will help you get to the bottom of your issues. Together, we will figure out if you have sleep apnea, excessive stress, or TMJ. From there, we will help treat your pain.

First, you may have to implement some lifestyle changes to prevent stress during sleep. After that, your dentist will walk you through the steps to treat your jaw and head pain, whether it’s oral application therapy, stress management, or neuromuscular dentistry treatments.

Your Dentist in Wilmington, North Carolina

If you have any jaw pain or headaches when you wake up, give us a call. We want you to both look and feel your best. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kuzma by calling (910) 392-6060 or visit our online form.