A busy & stressful life can also have an important impact on our teeth. Actually, over the last 10 years, parfunctional habits such as bruxism and clenching have increased by about 100%! This condition is responsible for abnormal functional stresses which lead to excessive tooth wear, fracture and failure of restorations, as well as TMJ (Temporo-mandibular joint) problems. We take this into very serious consideration and therefore will evaluate carefully any sign of parafunction to integrate this risk factor into our treatment plan. We may decide to take some specific preventive measures in the form of night guards or other appliances which help to protect your teeth as well as new restorations. Such measures are of the highest significance for long-term restoration success and maintenance.