Millions of people are affected by bruxism, or teeth grinding. Patients with bruxism grind or clench their teeth, increasing the risk of dental problems such as worn teeth, chipped teeth and gum disease.

In the majority of cases, patients grind their teeth at night and as a result, may not realize that they have a problem. Instead, they may notice painful symptoms such as headaches, sore jaws, or sensitive teeth.

A graduate of the Dawson Academy, Dr. Christopher Paulson is highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of teeth grinding and associated dental problems such as TMJ disorders. Dr. Paulson will evaluate the function of your entire occlusal system to ensure that your results from treatment are both comfortable and lasting.

What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism, the medical term for teeth grinding, is often the sign of an underlying bite problem. Although stress is also a primary cause of bruxism, when teeth are misaligned and the bite is out of balance, patients are more likely to grind or clench their teeth. Common signs of bruxism include:

  • Worn teeth
  • Dull or abraded tooth enamel
  • Tooth Sensitivity
  • Broken fillings and/or crowns
  • Headaches, especially in the morning
  • Jaw pain or soreness

Dr. Paulson will look for the common signs of teeth grinding during your dental exam and recommend the appropriate treatment to stop tooth grinding and repair tooth damage. Left untreated, bruxism can lead to tooth and gum damage as well as cause TMJ related symptoms such as jaw pain and headaches.