Bruxism secondary to Anxiety/Depression

  1. Bruxism and TMJ are related conditions. A veteran with bruxism can also develop TMJ because the prolonged clenching from teeth grinding can damage the articular disc leading to TMJ. Therefore, a veteran who experiences the TMJ symptoms outlined under diagnostic code 9905 may be eligible for benefits. The TMJ disability ratings are as follows: • 10% rating for interincisal range opening of 30 to 34mm without dietary restrictions or lateral excursion range of 0 to 4 mm. • 20% rating for interincisal range opening of 21 to 29mm without dietary restrictions or an interincisal range opening of 30 to 34mm with dietary restrictions. • 30% rating for interincisal range opening of 21 to 34mm with dietary restrictions or an interincisal range opening of 11 to 20mm without dietary restrictions. • 40% rating for interincisal range opening of 11 to 29mm with dietary restrictions or an interincisal range opening of 0 to 10 mm without dietary restrictions. • 50% rating for interincisal range opening of 0 to 10mm with dietary restrictions.

  2. I was rated 0% for Bruxism but service connected. The C&P mentioned that TMJ can develop so I just filed for that along with Anxiety as the root cause. The exams went well and I will keep you updated if there is an increase

  3. Did you get a letter from your dentist to file with the claim? Did they send you to a dentist for the c&p ?

  4. I just got it secondary to ptsd along with migraines due to grinding. My dentist wrote me a note stating I told her about my migraines and tmj and that she had given me a bite Blick to help and it was more likely than not rated to my ptsd anxiety

  5. The VA Schedule of Ratings for Dental and Oral Conditions does not provide a specific diagnostic code for Bruxism. However, this condition is usually rated under diagnostic code 9905 or 9913 depending on the symptoms the veteran is experiencing.

  6. My C&P Doc gave me that himself during my PTSD exam last year. Under the comments, he wrote he added it in due to stress or something along those lines.

  7. That’s what articles said. It could be given as part of PTSD and it possibly will increase the rating. It looks like it is not that easy to get a rating for this condition on its own.

  8. If your bruxism has caused you to lose teeth, then you may be eligible for disability compensation if you have suffered the above symptoms.

  9. No even if teeth are lost, it would only be rateable if it was due to trauma and the loss was not replaceable.

  10. Hopefully it goes faster for you. Put mine in sec to anxiety last December, been to three C&P exams for it, and no movement passed prep for decision still as of today. If you’re in the Missouri area prepare for a long wait

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