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No two denturists are the same. If you have been wearing dentures for a while, you know that no two sets of dentures are the same. Finding a quality, experienced denturist can seriously impact the comfort of your dentures. You do not have to deal with loose plates, gums that are rubbed raw, distorted speech, and the inability to eat your favorite foods. If you have any of these problems, there are a few things that you can try before replacing your dentures. Use what I have learned over my 15 years of wearing dentures to find a perfect fit and optimum comfort in your dentures.

finding comfort when wearing dentures

Late Night Or Early Morning Jaw Pain? You Could Have Bruxism

Priscilla Hansen

If your jaw hurt late at night or very early in the morning, ease your discomfort now. Your pain can occur from several things, including teeth grinding (bruxism). Although bruxism generally occurs at night, some adults can grind their teeth during the day as well. Here's more information about bruxism and how you can keep it from affecting you.

What Exactly Is Bruxism?

Bruxism occurs when you grind your teeth together at night and clench your jaw together tightly. People who "brux" don't know that they do it until they develop pain in their face, lower jaw, and teeth. The pain can eventually spread to the muscles in your neck and shoulders.

Although the main cause of bruxism isn't clear, some sources reveal that stress may be a possible factor for the condition. People who experience stress may squint their eyes, furrow their brows, or clench their jaw. The tension created by these actions can build up during the day. If you don't relieve the stress or tension in your face and jaw before you retire to bed, it can carry over into the night. You may try to release the tension and stress by grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw.

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can damage the joints in your lower jaw and crowns of your teeth. Tooth pain is another problem you might experience from your ordeal. Without treatment, all of your symptoms can become worse.

How Do You Keep From Grinding Your Teeth?

You can do several things to keep from grinding your teeth, including relieving your stress. Some adults massage their jaw, neck, and shoulders to relieve daily stress. Other adults may embark on an exercise plan to help control their stress levels. You can also see a dentist for answers about your bruxism. 

A dentist will need to examine your teeth and jaw for damage. Teeth can crack or fracture from bruxism, which allows bacteria to invade the soft tissues inside them. Bacterial infections can cause abscesses to develop in the roots of your teeth. To prevent complications with your teeth, a dentist may repair them with crowns and restorative fillings. 

A number of dentists treat bruxism with special appliances that prevent the teeth in the upper jaw from touching or rubbing against the teeth in the lower jaw. The placement keeps pressure off your teeth crowns. 

If you're ready to treat your jaw pain or learn more about bruxism, contact a family dentist, such as those at Apollo Dental Center, today.