Grinding and Clenching
Ashland Grinding & Clenching (Bruxism) Specialist - Dr. Hill
Clenching and Grinding are collectively called Bruxism. Bruxism refers to an oral activity that
occurs in most humans at some point in their lives.
Bruxism is one of the most common known sleep disorders and
causes most of its damage during sleeping hours. The clenching and grinding which accompanies
bruxism is symptomatic of a malfunctioning chewing reflex, which is turned off
in non-sufferers when sleeping. For
sufferers, deep sleep or even naps cause the reflex nerve control center in the
brain to turn off and the reflex pathways to become active.
Bruxism is frequently misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all,
because it is only one of several potential causes of tooth wear. Only a trained professional can tell the
difference between bruxing wear and wear caused by overly aggressive brushing,
acidic soft drinks, and abrasive foods.
Typical signs of Bruxism often include:
- Gum recession and tooth loss.
- Occlusal trauma/wear on the biting surface.
- Arthritis in the Jaw Joint with clicking and popping.
- Head Aches or pain in the jaw muscles/joint.
Grinding and Clenching Treatment in Ashland, OR
Custom Bruxing Mouthguards - Can help protect against tooth trauma, head aches, and joint damage.
Occulssal Equilibration - Minor adjustments to remove biting interferences that may cause lead to dysfunction.
Anti-inflammatories - Drug therapy to reduce the amount of inflammation in the jaw joint.
If you have questions or concerns about bruxism, please
contact our office.