Teeth Grinding Dentist in Medford Oregon

Bruxism can damage teeth forever. We can help.

Is enamel wearing from your teeth?

Many people have a problem with clenching or grinding their teeth — particularly while sleeping. This phenomenon is officially known as bruxism, and it’s an involuntary but detrimental issue that affects your smile and health.

If you think you might be grinding your teeth at night, reach out and request an appointment. Dr. Catt will evaluate how this habit is affecting your teeth and find the best solution for you.

Why do people grind their teeth?

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Age

Bruxism is most common in young people but can affect all ages.

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Stress and anxiety

High levels of stress are one of the most common causes of teeth grinding.
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Family history

Bruxism often runs in the family — ask yours if this is the case!
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Medications & health

Those with sleep apnea or on certain medications are more likely to grind their teeth.

Is it bad to grind your teeth?

We always recommend seeking professional advice and treatment to stop bruxism. Why? Left untreated, the enamel on your teeth can wear away. Enamel is the hardest tissue in the body, but it cannot be naturally regenerated. Once you lose it, you’re at increased risk of problems like tooth sensitivity, decay, chips, and cracks.

What are the signs of bruxism?

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TMJ

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Toothaches

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Tooth sensitivity

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Worn enamel

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Tooth decay

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Gum recession

How do you stop grinding your teeth?

  • Talk to Dr. Catt and ask about getting a custom dental appliance
  • Neuromodulator therapy (botox)
  • Treat any sleep breathing disorders or TMJ that may be causing the issue
  • Massage your jaw muscles right before bed
  • Try meditation, yoga, or counseling to limit stress and anxiety
  • Relax your jaw muscles whenever you notice yourself clenching

What Our Patients Are Saying

“I’m allergic to pain. That’s one thing you don’t get with Dr. Catt. He has a totally pain free working environment.”

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What is the best tooth grinding treatment in Medford?

To help you stop grinding your teeth, Dr. Catt typically recommends one or all of the following treatments.

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A custom-made mouthguard

A mouthguard is comfortably worn while you sleep and prevents you from clenching and grinding during the night. Learn more about mouthguards from Dr. Catt.

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Invisalign treatment

Straightening misaligned teeth can reduce your risk of worn teeth. Dr. Catt is an Invisalign Preferred Provider and can help.
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Botox

Botox is a natural treatment designed to relax muscles, eliminate tension, and prevent tooth grinding and clenching.

Dr. Catt will help you prevent bruxism

Many people don’t know they grind their teeth at night. During your twice-a-year exams, our team will look for signs of bruxism and recommend preventive steps if we notice any signs of this issue. We’re here to help maintain your smile for a lifetime! New to our practice? Learn more about what to expect on our new patients’ page.

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Insurance Information

Believe it or not, we LOVE working with insurance companies. We will fight to make sure you get the coverage you deserve.
We’re happy to help you understand your dental insurance coverage, discuss the expected cost of your treatment, and the payment options available to you.

No dental insurance? No problem.

Our team is committed to helping you navigate any obstacles that may be keeping you from achieving excellent dental health. We offer layaway, CareCredit, and financing options to all our patients.

LEARN MORE

Our Rogue Valley Office

Address

3546 Lone Pine Rd
Medford, OR 97504
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Phone

(541) 772-8846

Hours

Mon – Thurs: 8AM – 5PM
Fri: By appointment only
Sat – Sun: Closed

Dr. Catt Is Always Welcoming New Patients

We can’t wait to improve your smile through personalized and high-tech cosmetic dental care.

Call (541) 772-8846 to schedule.