When you learn that you have bruxism disorder, you may not feel very concerned about the problem or the potential side effects. For patients who have not yet experienced significant consequences, this is understandable. In addition to the fact that you might not even know you’re bruxing – you don’t see any evidence to show for it (though it will begin to present itself in the future). As a result, we suggest you consider some information-filled questions and answers if you’re trying to decide whether bruxism treatment is for you.

Questions and Answers: Bruxism

Question: Are the side effects of bruxism very bad? I know sensitive teeth can become frustrating but is this disorder really going to cause anything serious to happen?

Answer: When you ignore your bruxism and choose not to seek bruxism treatment, side effects can become severe, including significant physical injury. As you grind and/or clench your teeth, the pressure and friction can lead initially to sensitivity and teeth surfaces that begin to wear down. After some time, teeth can become chipped, cracked, fractured, broken, and even loose.

Question: What if I have restorations or I have received porcelain veneers? Do I still need to seek bruxism treatment or will the artificial material absorb the pressure?

Answer: If you have artificial tooth tissue, it is extremely important that you receive treatment. Otherwise, along with damaged natural teeth, the dental work you have received may become cracked or worn.

Question: I’ve heard that neglecting to receive bruxism treatment will allow the problem to get worse and possibly lead to TMJ disorder – is this true or just a rumor?

Answer: This is true. The consistent pressure placed on your teeth results in additional daily strain to your jaw joints. When neglected, the stress may lead to TMJ disorder.