The loss of teeth most typically is the result of dental caries and/or periodontal disease. This situation my be worsened by lifestyle or parafuntional habits.
Normal chewing applies intermittent and fleeting pressure on the teeth. Parafunction (buxism, clenching and grinding), however, is frequently horizontal in direction and usually excessively prolonged. In Parafunction there is an abnormal increase in the magnitude, frequency and duration of the biting force. The bruxing movement is often concentrated close to the tips of the occluding teeth. This creates a concentration of forces that tends to abnormally displace the tooth in its socket. This force is of a greater magnitude than the force of normal chewing.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A