If you experience jaw pain, clicking, or popping when you wake up in the morning, you may suffer from TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome. This is when a joint that connects your jaw to the rest of your skull becomes inflamed, causing a lot of pain and discomfort.
There are a variety of causes of TMJ syndrome, from stress to excessive gum chewing. For a proper diagnosis, your dentist looks for the following symptoms:
General treatment includes a special mouth guard that will prevent your teeth from being damaged while simultaneously keeping your jaw from clenching while you sleep, ultimately putting an end to your jaw pain.