Excessive grinding can wreak havoc on your teeth. Over time, the unnecessary friction may wear down your enamel, causing portions of your teeth to corrode.
When your jaw muscles are in constant motion, they become sore from overuse. Without a reprieve in the clenching, the muscles in your jaw will experience aches and pains.
Severe cases of TMJ disorder may cause your jaw to freeze up. A frozen or “locked” jaw presents itself with the temporary loss of the ability to open or close your jaw at will.
If malalignment is the root cause of your TMJ, you might have trouble chewing your food accurately. In extreme cases, the alignment issue may lead to malnutrition.