FAQs: Teeth Grinding

Dr. Christopher J. Paulson of Arbor Dental Associates is a highly trained dentist, focused on providing patients with personalized, complete dental care. He takes the time to listen to your dental concerns and provide treatments to help solve your dental problems. A common dental concern is teeth grinding, or Bruxism. Teeth grinding is a treatable condition under the care of a trusted dental professional. Patients with bruxism are more prone to chipped or cracked teeth, worn teeth, and gum disease. However, Dr. Paulson offers a variety of cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry services to help restore teeth that have been damaged by teeth grinding.

As a graduate of the Dawson Academy, Dr. Christopher Paulson is specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of teeth grinding and associated dental problems such as TMJ disorders. Rather than focus on the cosmetic aspect of teeth grinding, Dr. Paulsen concentrates on the function of your smile and how to improve it to solve your teeth grinding. Dr. Paulsen will take the time to develop a treatment that is right for you.

Teeth Grinding

What are the signs of teeth grinding?
Most patients don’t realize they grind their teeth. Most teeth grinding occurs at night when you are sleeping. However, you may begin to notice symptoms that are associated with teeth grinding. Patients who grind their teeth may experience this onset of symptoms:

  • Persistent dull headache, especially in the morning after you wake up
  • Jaw pain or discomfort
  • Earache
  • Worn, chipped, or cracked teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Broken fillings and/or crowns
  • Loose or shifting teeth

What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the grinding of your teeth. Bruxism can be an indication of a bit problem. Dr. Paulson can evaluate your bite and determine the best course of action to take to realign your bite.

What are the treatments for teeth grinding?
Dr. Palsen will need to perform a comprehensive exam to determine the root of your teeth grinding. After he discovers the cause, he will be able to provide the right treatment for you. Some examples of treatments Dr. Paulsen may suggest are:

  • Orthodontic: Mouth guards and splints can help prevent your teeth from grinding at night.
  • Bite correction therapy: Helps bring the teeth into the correct alignment and minimizes the amount of pressure and stress on the jaw.
  • Restorative Dentistry: Dr. Paulson will examine your teeth and determine if you need a restoration option to help restore the look and function of your smile.

How do I schedule an appointment?
Dr. Paulsen is committed to helping patients achieve a functional, beautiful smile. He will work with you to help restore health and beauty to your smile. You can schedule an appointment online or call (248) 553-9393