Finding the cause of a toothache or sore jaw can prove frustrating, especially if the discomfort is already present when you get up in the morning. In most cases, however, painful teeth result from a few common causes. Discover the reasons behind sore teeth and learn how you can stop waking up with a toothache. Sinus Infections When you suffer from a sinus infection, you ll almost certainly feel pain in your head and nose. This type of discomfort can surface in your teeth, given that your sinuses are above your teeth. Keep in mind that a
doesn t typically cause an isolated toothache in one single tooth. Instead, an infection usually leads to more general discomfort in your upper back teeth. Since a sinus infection can cause fluids to collect as you sleep, the resulting pressure can make you wake up with a toothache. Try taking an over-the-counter decongestant to relieve the pain or talk with your doctor for a stronger solution. Periodontal Disease Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, ranges in seriousness from minor inflammation to major tissue and tooth loss.
Periodontal disease results from plaque hardening on your teeth and leading to tartar buildup, which irritates your gums and gradually causes them to pull away. Although you might feel discomfort from periodontal disease throughout the day, the sensation can become particularly painful as you try to relax at night. If you notice gum inflammation or discomfort, as soon as possible. Only a professional dental cleaning can remove tartar, and your dentist can also recommend extra care for your gums and teeth. Sleeping Positions In some cases, the way you sleep can lead to discomfort in your teeth and jaw. For instance, sleeping with your hand directly under your jaw can cause discomfort, especially if you wear rings or bracelets while you slumber. If you suspect your sleeping position is the prime contributor to the soreness in your teeth, take note of where the pain feels most intense. Soreness concentrated on one side of your mouth could signal that your typical sleeping position is the culprit.
To lessen the chances of your hand or other hard objects causing discomfort, remove all jewelry before sleeping. Place a supportive pillow directly underneath your head and try not to allow your hands to touch your face while sleeping. Teeth Grinding Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a relatively common sleep disorder that affects about. Although you might not realize that you grind your teeth while you sleep, a common sign that you suffer from this condition is regularly waking up with a sore jaw or a headache. Along with overnight and morning pain, teeth grinding can lead to other problems, such as eroded tooth enamel and damaged fillings and crowns. If you think you suffer from bruxism, schedule a visit with your dentist and explore some solutions, such as wearing a mouthguard while you sleep. Waking up with soreness in your teeth or jaw isn t pleasant. In most cases, however, you can easily determine the culprit. If you suspect teeth grinding, gum disease, or cavities are causing your oral distress, consult with your dentist to find a healthy solution.
Brought to you by The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY. Material discussed is meant for general illustration and/or informational purposes only and it is not to be construed as tax, legal, investment or medical advice. #2016-16227 (exp. 1/18) Image via by Alyssa L. Miller $500 for a night guard, fuck me right!?! Let me explain. You re not just paying for a plastic suck down from the lab. You re paying for the eval, diagnosis, treatment planning, chair time, impression material, lab fee, shipping, office overhead, pre-op and post-op care, and many more hidden costs other than what you simply listed. Trust me, I d be much more financially better off if I never gave any of my patients $500 night guards and let them continue to break fillings ($300/tooth fix), crowns ($1,300/tooth fix), root canals ($2,000/tooth fix) and so on. Truth is, night guards protect so well it renders half my treatment (besides gum disease and cavities) completely obsolete because people don t break old filings or crowns.
As for the that is, if you actually care statement. I had my office manger run some numbers for 2013. I did $84,000 in free dental work last year in our office alone. Also, completely separate I went to Jamaica and extracted over 600 teeth in one week and worked at our local free clinic every month (Jan. -Dec. ) treating over 300 patients last year alone. The beautiful thing about our profession is that we do make a decent living and are able to afford to actually care to patients to whom fiances are a big factor. Every dentist that I know volunteers his or her time elsewhere in whatever factor/scope that they can to help spread oral health care world wide. If you think you can do better than our $500 night guards, take out a $400k mortgage, spend the best years of your early 20s educating yourself in eight years of vigorous coursework, past state and national boards, and come out treating patients in an office that has 60% overhead on average and do it all less expensive than we do. Good luck, Dr. Z