Wayzata, Minnesota

Parafunctional Disease

What Is Parafunctional Disease?

Most people are familiar with cavities and gum disease, but you may not be familiar with the term parafunctional disease. The word parafunctional refers to other than the natural functioning of the teeth and supporting structures. In dentistry we refer to normal function of the teeth as how the upper teeth and lower teeth relate to each other during chewing of food. Parafunctional disease refers to habits you may have that are harmful to your teeth and supporting structures, and in some instances, may result in the loss of teeth. With parafunctional disease, we are our own worst enemy. Grinding (or bruxism), clenching, tongue thrusting, and fingernail biting are some of these harmful habits.

What Are Some Of The Signs Of Parafunctional Disease?

Cross DentalCare - Parafunctional Disease

Most people are familiar with cavities and gum, but you may not be aware of parafunctional disease.

What Can I Do About My Disease?

Early diagnosis is the key to preventing continuing damage to the teeth, supporting gums and bone. When a diagnosis is made for parafunctional disease, a treatment plan is developed to first repair the damage followed by techniques to prevent further loss of structure. Dr. Carol Austin can rebuild the teeth and occlusion with tooth colored materials. Also, there is a wide variety of preventive measures, such as tension releasing exercises or teeth guards, we can suggest to help a person keep their teeth fully functioning for the rest of their life.

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