The causes of - and a solution to - jaw pain or discomfort

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The majority of people experience occasional jaw pain from time to time, but what if happens more frequently, or on a regular basis? There are many ways to treat jaw pain, from gentle exercises to extensive surgeries. The right method (or methods!) for you will depend on the cause of the discomfort in your jaw. Many sources of jaw pain can be addressed with simple nonsurgical methods, such as wearing a mouthguard. At CustMbite, we bridge the gap between costly appliances from a dentist and flimsy OTC options to bring you the best mouthguard for jaw pain on the market. Read on to learn more about the many causes of jaw pain and how a CustMbite mouthguard for jaw pain can help.

My jaw hurts after sleep. What could be causing the pain?

If you wake up with jaw pain, there are many potential causes. One of the most common causes is bruxing, or teeth grinding. Nighttime bruxing can cause pain in the jaw, sensitivity in the teeth, and headaches. If it continues without treatment, you can end up with serious dental problems, including cracked and broken teeth. Mouthguards are a popular at-home way to mitigate the effects of bruxism, including jaw pain. 

Jaw pain can affect your entire life, particularly if it’s causing sleep disruption. In fact, a lack of sleep can have a serious effect on your overall health. However, its impact on your life can typically be mitigated easily with noninvasive therapies like mouthguards. Before you begin a course of treatment, make sure to consult with your dentist to rule out any underlying conditions. While bruxism is certainly the most common cause of jaw pain, untreated cavities, sinus problems, and even TMJ are possibilities as well. 

The difference between TMJ jaw pain and non-TMJ jaw pain

Jaw pain can be caused by many things, so it is important to make sure that your pain is diagnosed correctly. One cause of jaw pain is temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ/TMJD. The symptoms of TMJ can mimic many different conditions, so it’s important to rule it out before proceeding with a treatment plan. Left untreated, TMJ can have serious consequences. but TMJ jaw discomfort is frequently accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms: 

  • Teeth clenching/grinding
  • Jaw popping/clicking
  • Jaw locks open or closed
  • Pain when opening the mouth completely
  • Neck and shoulder pain

It’s important for you to disclose all of your symptoms when you consult with a dentist so they can help you make the best decision for a treatment plan. Fortunately, the less-is-best approach is thought to be the most effective when it comes to jaw pain. If it’s appropriate for your situation, many dentists will recommend starting with a night guard for jaw pain. 

How can a night guard help jaw pain?

If your jaw hurts when you’re trying to sleep, you’ve probably spent a lot of time trying to figure out the best way to sleep with jaw pain. A night guard can be especially helpful in reducing the discomfort caused by bruxism, or teeth grinding. The pain you feel in your jaw is caused by the constant pressure on your teeth, and this pressure can cause muscular fatigue, pain in the teeth or TMJ, and jaw soreness. When worn properly, a mouthguard provides shock absorption so the teeth and jaw aren’t under so much strain. If your sore jaw is caused by TMJ, wearing a mouthguard allows the jaw to rest in a natural position, which can aid in recovery and relaxation. The problem is, mouthguards from a dentist are prohibitively expensive, and with cheap over-the-counter jaw pain guards, you get what you pay for. As with most at-home, natural jaw pain remedies, you must be consistent to achieve the best results. Choosing a comfortable, easy-to-care-for, FDA-cleared mouthguard from CustMbite can help you stick to your new routine.

CustMbite mouthguards for jaw pain

Before CustMbite, you had two options when selecting a mouthguard for jaw pain: an expensive custom mold from a dentist or a bulky guard from the drugstore. Now, you can experience a jaw pain mouthguard that fits just as well as - or even better than - the mouthguard you can get from a dentist for a fraction of the price. Our mouthguards are:

  • Easy to mold: You can have a custom-fit mouthguard for jaw pain in under two minutes. No boiling required! All that’s needed is a microwave and a bowl of cold water.
  • Hygienic: Our FDA-cleared night guards for jaw pain are nonporous, so all it takes to wash away saliva and bacteria is a quick scrub using a toothbrush and cold water. You can also toss your nightguard right into the dishwasher.
  • Comfortable: We worked with dental professionals to develop a flexible, thin night guard that can be worn comfortably for hours. It’s low-profile, so it’s easy to speak, drink, and breathe while you’re wearing it.
  • Remoldable: Our patented fitting material allows you to remold your night guard for jaw pain without losing any of the aforementioned qualities.

Choose CustMbite

If you’re in the market for a mouth guard for jaw pain, choose CustMbite. Wearing a night guard for jaw pain is a simple, effective way to reduce the effects of jaw pain on your life. When you’re ready to experience the comfort and quality of CustMbite, get the best mouthguard for jaw pain now.

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