Jump to content
  • Advertisemnt

  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   


  • Advertisemnt

  • 14 Questions about VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims


    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
    Continue Reading
  • Advertisemnt

  • Ads

  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

  • Searches Community Forums, Blog and more

  • Advertisemnt

  • 0
Commander Bob

Ptsd & Teeth Damage


A 2001 VA funded study finds that PTSD patients damage teeth through involuntary grinding, clenching. http://www.sdm.buffalo.edu/news/20010308_ptsd.html " As if persons with posttraumatic stress disorder didn't have enough to worry about,..."

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Recommended Posts


A 2001 VA funded study finds that PTSD patients damage teeth through involuntary grinding, clenching. http://www.sdm.buffalo.edu/news/20010308_ptsd.html " As if persons with posttraumatic stress disorder didn't have enough to worry about,..."

Just went to the VA dentist. I also have damaged teeth from my PTSD. I am wearing off the tooth enamel to the point were I have indentation marks from my teeth grinding and clenching. I even wear a night guard. I am putting so much pressure on one tooth, that the gum line is receding because the tooth cannot take that kind of pressure. The VA has to graft gum tissue from the roof of my mouth to my tooth in order to fix the receding gum line. (its going to hurt!!!) They are giving me special fluoride toothpaste and rinse to slow down the damage of decay due to clenching and grinding. After I had my C&P for PTSD, I was so worked up that I was clenching my jaws so much that I broke one of my molars with a filling in it right in half. Now I need a crown. Like stated before "as if we don't have enough to worry about." ;)

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Clenching the jaw will also cause TMJ over time. I have that and I broke a few crowns from pressure. Now I have stainless steel crowns. Call me jaws.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Glad to hear that the VA is passing out night guards. If they did that 30 or 40 years ago, it would have saved a lot of teeth and money. The MD's and the DDS's need to get together on this issue. Is there a protocol in the dental clinic to address PTSD vets? I have never heard of one.

Edited by Commander Bob 92-93

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I am 70% rated for PTSD. I snore and grind my teeth excessively. I know it is not "lady like" :rolleyes: But it happens to the best of us. So I did some research and found this on another site. I don't know if it is accurate, but it might help some of you with Bruxism (grinding teeth). It has caused quite a bit of damage to my once perfect teeth.

Bruxism can be secondary to PTSD, Basically like case law, once it has been approved for one, it should be approved for all. I hope it helps. :


Proof: Here is an actual BVA decision that granted PTSD and Bruxism ( Grinding of Teeth)

Citation Nr: 0307941

Decision Date: 04/25/03 Archive Date: 04/30/03

DOCKET NO. 00-05 446 ) DATE



On appeal from the

Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Boston,



Entitlement to service connection for bruxism, as secondary

to service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Appellant represented by: Disabled American Veterans


E. Ward, Associate Counsel


The veteran served on active duty from August 1965 to June

1967, including service in the Republic of Vietnam from April

1966 to May 1967.

This matter comes before the Board of Veterans' Appeals

(Board) on appeal from a July 1999 rating decision of the

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office (RO) in

Boston, Massachusetts, which denied the veteran's claim of

entitlement to service connection for PTSD and bruxism. The

veteran perfected a timely appeal of this determination to

the Board.

When this matter was previously before the Board in May 2001,

it was remanded for further development and adjudication. On

return to the Board in October 2002, the Board granted

service connection for PTSD and requested further development

on the issue of bruxism. That development has been

completed, and the case is ready for adjudication.


1. All relevant evidence necessary for disposition of the

veteran's appeal has been obtained and associated with the

claims file.

2. The veteran is service connected for PTSD, effective from

January 11, 1999.

3. The veteran currently has a diagnosis of bruxism.

4. The record contains medical evidence and opinion

indicating that the veteran's bruxism is probably

proximately due to his service-connected PTSD.


Bruxism is proximately due to or the result of the service-

connected PTSD. 38 U.S.C.A. §§ 1101, 1131, 5107 (West 2002);

38 C.F.R. §§ 3.303, 3.310(a) (2002).


Duty to Assist and Notify

On November 9, 2000, the President signed into law the

Veterans Claims Assistance Act of 2000 (VCAA), 38 U.S.C.A. §§

5100, 5102, 5103, 5103A, 5106, 5107, 5126 (West Supp. 2001),

66 Fed. Reg. 45,620 (Aug. 29, 2001) (to be codified as

amended at 38 C.F.R. §§ 3.102, 3.156(a), 3.159 and 3.326(a)).

Among other things, the VCAA redefines the obligations of VA

with respect to the duties to notify and assist. This change

in the law is applicable to all claims filed on or after the

date of enactment of the VCAA or filed before the date of

enactment and not yet final as of that date. 38 U.S.C.A. §§

5102, 5103, 5103A, 5107.

The Board is satisfied that all relevant facts have been

sufficiently developed, and no further assistance to the

veteran is required to comply with VA's duties to notify and

assist the veteran with his claim as mandated by the VCAA.

In this regard, the record shows that by the rating

decisions, as well as in the statement of the case,

supplemental statements of the case, and various

correspondence including the Board's remand of May 2001, and

remand and development request dated in October 2002, VA

informed the veteran of the evidence needed to support his

claim. The veteran was notified of the need to supply

competent medical evidence to support his claim, and informed

of efforts VA would make to secure outstanding medical

records. Additionally, the RO requested and obtained all

outstanding relevant treatment records, and the veteran has

not referenced any outstanding evidence that might aid in his

claim. A medical opinion was solicited pertaining to his

claim, there is no identified evidence that has not been

accounted for, and the veteran and his representative have

been given the opportunity to submit written argument.

Under the circumstances, the Board finds that the veteran has

been provided with adequate notice of the evidence needed to

successfully prove his claim, and that there is no prejudice

to him by appellate consideration of the claim at this time

without another remand of the case to the RO for providing

additional assistance to the veteran in the development of

his claim as required by the VCAA or to give him another

opportunity to present additional evidence and/or argument.

Bernard v. Brown, 4 Vet. App. 384 (1993). See also Karnas v.

Derwinski, 1 Vet. App. 308 (1991). The record on appeal

demonstrates the futility of any further evidentiary

development and that there is no reasonable possibility that

further assistance would aid him in substantiating his claim.

Hence, no further notice or assistance to the veteran is

required to fulfill VA's duty to assist her in the

development of the claim. Smith v. Gober, 14 Vet. App. 227

(2000); Dela Cruz v. Principi, 15 Vet. App. 143 (2001).

Background and Analysis

Service connection may be established for disability

resulting from personal injury suffered or disease contracted

in line of duty, or for aggravation of a pre-existing injury

suffered or disease contracted in line of duty. 38 U.S.C.A. §

1110; 38 C.F.R. § 3.303. The law also provides that service

connection may be granted for any disease diagnosed after

discharge when all the evidence, including that pertinent to

service, establishes that the disease was incurred in

service. 38 C.F.R. § 3.303(d). In determining whether

service connection is warranted for a disability, VA is

responsible for determining whether the evidence supports the

claim or is in relative equipoise, with the veteran

prevailing in either event, or whether a preponderance of the

evidence is against the claim, in which case the claim is

denied. 38 U.S.C.A. § 5107; Gilbert v. Derwinski, 1 Vet. App.

49 (1990).

Disability which is proximately due to or the result of a

service-connected disease or injury shall be service

connected. When service connection is established for a

secondary condition, the secondary condition shall be

considered a part of the original condition. 38 C.F.R.

3.310(a). Additional disability resulting from the

aggravation of a non-service-connected condition by a

service-connected disability is also compensable under 38

C.F.R. § 3.310(a). See Allen v. Brown, 7 Vet. App. 439, 448

(1995) (en banc).

The critical issue in this case is whether the veteran has

bruxism secondary to the service-connected PTSD. The record

reflects that the veteran served in Vietnam from April 1966

to May 1967. In numerous statements in support of his claim

of service connection for PTSD, as well as lay statements

from his sisters, the veteran reported that after his return

from Vietnam, he experienced nightmares and other PTSD

symptomatology which resulted in the grinding of this teeth

which resulted in the current diagnosis of bruxism.

In October 2002, the Board requested further development of

the veteran's claims of bruxism as secondary to his service-

connected PTSD. Evidence submitted includes a January 2003

letter from the VA staff psychiatrist which indicates that

the veteran has been under his care for chronic PTSD. The

psychiatrist notes that the veteran "continues to have

bruxism secondary to his PTSD, (specifically due to his

traumatic nightmares), and bruxism has caused his teeth great

harm. The psychiatrist opined that "n my opinion

treatment for his bruxism and subsequent dental injuries is

simply an extension of his treatment for PTSD."

The veteran underwent VA dental examination in April 2003.

He gave a medical history of PTSD and oral pain associated

with severely abraded maxillary teeth. Physical examination

showed no functional impairment due to loss of motion,

however, maxillary function was severely compromised due to

maxillary tooth destruction. The dental diagnosis was severe

bruxism, probably associated with service trauma and

secondary to PTSD and chronic major depressive disorder.

Upon consideration of the overall evidence, the Board finds

that the record contains credible supporting evidence that

the veteran's bruxism is proximately due to the service-

connected PTSD. Accordingly, service connection is



Entitlement to service connection for bruxism, as secondary

to service-connected PTSD, is granted.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Ads

  • Advertisemnt

  • Latest News
  • Our picks

    • Survivors- a Must read
      If you are new to hadit and have DIC questions it would help us tremendously if you can answer the following questions right away in your first post.

      What was the Primary Cause of Death (# 1) as listed on your spouse’s death certificate?

      What,if anything, was listed as a contributing cause under # 2?

      Was an autopsy done and if so do you have a complete copy of it?

       It can be obtained through the Medical Examiner’s office in your locale.

      What was the deceased veteran service connected for in his/her lifetime?

      Did they have a claim pending at death and if so what for?

      If they died from anything on the Agent Orange Presumptive list ( available here under a search) when did they serve and where? If outside of Vietnam, what was their MOS and also if they served onboard a ship in the South Pacific what ship were they on and when? Also did they have any major  physical  contact with C 123s during the Vietnam War?

      And how soon after their death was the DIC form filed…if filed within one year of death, the date of death will be the EED for DIC and also satisfy the accrued regulation criteria.
        • Like
      • 20 replies
    • If you are a Veteran, represented by MOPH, you need to know that MOPH is closing down its offices.  This can have a drastic effect on your claim, and it wont be good for you.  You likely need to get a new representative.  

      This station confirms MOPH is closing its doors:


      • 0 replies
    • Retroactive Back Pay.
      Retroactive Back Pay - #1Viewed Post Week of March 19. 2018

      My claim is scheduled to close tomorrow for my backpay.
      Does anyone know if it does close how long till the backpay hits the bank?
      Also does information only get updated on our claims whenever the site is down?
      • 44 replies
    • Examining your service medical records...
      * First thing I do after receiving a service medical record is number each page when I get to the end I go back and add 1 of 100 and so on.

      * Second I then make a copy of my service medical records on a different color paper, yellow or buff something easy to read, but it will distinguish it from the original.

      * I then put my original away and work off the copy.

      * Now if you know the specific date it's fairly easy to find. 

      * If on the other hand you don't know specifically or you had symptoms leading up to it. Well this may take some detective work and so Watson the game is afoot.

      * Let's say it's Irritable Syndrome 

      * I would start page by page from page 1, if the first thing I run across an entry that supports my claim for IBS, I number it #1, I Bracket it in Red, and then on a separate piece of paper I start to compile my medical evidence log. So I would write Page 10 #1 and a brief summary of the evidence, do this has you go through all the your medical records and when you are finished you will have an index and easy way to find your evidence. 

      Study your diagnosis symptoms look them up. Check common medications for your IBS and look for the symptoms noted in your evidence that seem to point to IBS, if your doctor prescribes meds for IBS, but doesn't call it that make those a reference also.
      • 9 replies
    • How to get your questions answered on the forum
      Do not post your question in someone else's thread. If you are reading a topic that sounds similar to your question, start a new topic and post your question. When you add your question to a topic someone else started both your questions get lost in the thread. So best to start your own thread so you can follow your question and the other member can follow theirs.

      All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. Read the forums without registering, to post you must register it’s free. Register for a free account.

      Tips on posting on the forums.

      Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery” instead of ‘I have a question’.

      Knowledgable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title. I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.

      Use paragraphs instead of one huge, rambling introduction or story. Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.

      Leading to:

      Post clear questions and then give background info on them.


      A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?

      I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine but claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?

      B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?

      I was involved in traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?

      This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial from your claim?” etc.


      Your firsts posts on the board may be delayed before they show up, as they are reviewed, this process does not take long and the review requirement will be removed usually by the 6th post, though we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.

      This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before they hit the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims and this helps us do that.
      • 2 replies

Important Information

{terms] and Guidelines