Effects Of Bruxism

Bruxism affects sufferers in many ways. Some of the adverse effects are short-term and disappear when the bruxism ceases. Others sadly, are long-term or even permanent.

Short-term effects of bruxism
  • Headache - Bruxism sufferers are three times more likely to suffer from headaches.
  • Facial myalgia (aching jaw & facial muscles)
  • Ear ache
  • Tightness/stiffness of the shoulders
  • Limitation of mouth opening
  • Sleep disruption
  • Sleep disruption of bed partner due to noise
  • Excess tooth mobility
  • Inflamed & receding gums
Long-term effects of bruxism
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (sometimes called TMJD or just TMJ)
  • Tooth wear & breakage

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