I often awaken with an earache. Could grinding be the problem?
Absolutely! Earaches of this nature may be due to the intense contraction of the jaw muscles as you clench your jaw or grind your teeth while you are sleeping. The muscle that connects to the ear will suffer as well as your jaw and teeth! Sometimes a bite adjustment or a comfortable night guard, especially contoured to your teeth, will completely alleviate your discomfort.
Learn more about how we can help with teeth grinding and TMJ symptoms here.