Teeth Grinding Dentist in Medford Oregon
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?
Bruxism is most common in young people but can affect all ages.
Stress and anxiety
Medications & health
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.