Treatment Of Parafunctional Habits

A para-functional habit or parafunctional habit is the habitual exercise of a body part in a way that is other than the most common use of that body part. The term is most commonly used by Dentists, Orthodontists, or maxillofacial specialists to refer to parafunctional uses of the mouth, tongue and jaw.

Oral para-functional habits may include:

  • Bruxism (tooth-clenching or grinding)
  • Tongue Thrusting
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Thumb sucking
  • Other habitual uses of the mouth unrelated to eating, drinking or speaking
  • TMJ

These habits can easily be treated with a custom removable bite guard. Bite guards are affordable, noninvasive, comfortable and effective solutions to solve problems. Dr. Dropkin fabricates a custom removable bite guard that fits perfectly around your teeth cushioning your teeth from damage that is caused by the parafunctional habit.