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Can bruxism cause teeeth or jaw problems?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Mazin Kizy
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes bruxism can cause teeth and jaw problems.
Bruxing puts strong forces on both. Teeth can fracture, become sensative, break, or become loose. The jaw can have a problem in the joint. You need to see a dentist to find out what to do.

In brief: Yes
Yes bruxism can cause teeth and jaw problems.
Bruxing puts strong forces on both. Teeth can fracture, become sensative, break, or become loose. The jaw can have a problem in the joint. You need to see a dentist to find out what to do.
Dr. Mazin Kizy
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes, many people brux without sequelae.
Depends on degree. You can damage teeth/restorations, damage jaw joint (TMJ) and associated structures. Best advice would be to see your dentist for assessment and possible treatment of bruxism.

In brief: Yes
Yes, many people brux without sequelae.
Depends on degree. You can damage teeth/restorations, damage jaw joint (TMJ) and associated structures. Best advice would be to see your dentist for assessment and possible treatment of bruxism.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Structural damage
Sleep bruxism is a parafunctional activity that occurs in nearly all people.
It is simply night-time clenching or grinding of the teeth. Bruxism can cause significant damage to the teeth and tmj. It can be reponsible for tension type headache pain. It is best managed with a custom fitted nightime splint that if designed well can minimize or eliminate all of these effects.

In brief: Structural damage
Sleep bruxism is a parafunctional activity that occurs in nearly all people.
It is simply night-time clenching or grinding of the teeth. Bruxism can cause significant damage to the teeth and tmj. It can be reponsible for tension type headache pain. It is best managed with a custom fitted nightime splint that if designed well can minimize or eliminate all of these effects.
Dr. Sal Aragona
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Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
Janet G. Travell, MD who was/is the matriarch of pain therapy noted in the 1950-90's something interesting about joint pain. She stated that any joint area stiffness, aching and tension was due to muscles NOT the joint proper. So her myofascial therapy protocols are designed to treat all types of "joint pain." Begin a self-care Wellness Program of Vits, Magnesium glycinate, sleep hygiene, self/pro Massage, chiropractor, heat, Epsom soaking, stretching. I use acupuncture!
Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
The jaw is a joint ... a bite block in her world would just be a pacifier.
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Dental question
Bruxism is an unconscious grinding of the teeth, possibly caused by firing off of central neurons that transmit nerve excitation down the trigeminal nerve that innervates the muscles of mastication.
Therefore, constant grinding can lead to alteration of tooth surfaces which then leads to altered bite and finally to more muscle spasm. This is a dental problem and you need a dentist for help.

In brief: Dental question
Bruxism is an unconscious grinding of the teeth, possibly caused by firing off of central neurons that transmit nerve excitation down the trigeminal nerve that innervates the muscles of mastication.
Therefore, constant grinding can lead to alteration of tooth surfaces which then leads to altered bite and finally to more muscle spasm. This is a dental problem and you need a dentist for help.
Dr. Bernstein Joel
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Dr. Kini Tran
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Definitely
Yes it can. Grinding or bruxism will overwork the jaw joints which can lead to TMJ problems and/or it can fracture teeth, fillings, and porcelain crowns.
It can also wear down your teeth through out the mouth which could cost thousands to fix. The best treatment is to make a night guard by your dentist that is comfortable so you can wear it and use it.

In brief: Definitely
Yes it can. Grinding or bruxism will overwork the jaw joints which can lead to TMJ problems and/or it can fracture teeth, fillings, and porcelain crowns.
It can also wear down your teeth through out the mouth which could cost thousands to fix. The best treatment is to make a night guard by your dentist that is comfortable so you can wear it and use it.
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