Long Term Effects of Bruxism

People with Bruxism are often subjected to short-term side effects of the said problem but often encounters more serious long-term issues.  For people with Bruxism, it is very important that you seek dental help as soon as you experience the symptoms.

The short-term effects of Bruxism are often taken for granted by many people. When ignored, these short-term effects that will lead to more serious problems in the future. Here are some of the short-term effects of Bruxism:

·         Facial pain around the jaw and muscles around the face

·         Ear ache

·         Head ache

·         Tight and stiff shoulder

·         Swelling and receding gums

·         Sleep disruption

·         Sleep disruption caused by the sounds of teeth grinding and clenching

·         Can’t open the mouth fully

·         Too much tooth mobility


Long-Term Effects of Bruxism

Long-term effects of bruxism come when the short-term effects are not given remedies. People with severe Bruxism often suffer:

·         Untreated Migraine

People who suffer severe migraines experience serious headaches due to severe teeth grinding.

·         Too much Facial muscle tone

This often occurs when your facial muscles are taut and tight around the jaw area.

·         Popping or Clicking of the jaw joints

       The clicking and popping sounds often occur when the jaw muscles are tight. People would often call this as lock jaw. They are unable to open their mouth fully.

·         Tooth loss and tooth wear.

Teeth grinding can cause severe destruction as the upper and lower mouth move against each other back and forth.

·         Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

This is often caused by limited mandibular movement in the mouth. This often causes sounds like the popping and clicking from the temporomandibular joints. This can become chronic and difficult to manage.


If the short –term effects are not treated right away, it will lead to more painful effects in the long run. It is best that you seek dental help when the symptoms occur. This will not only help you treat bruxism, but it will also help you avoid tooth loss and teeth destruction.