Straight teeth are much more than a narcissist’s favorite asset. When an individual’s teeth are aligned correctly, a number of dental issues can be avoided. If you’ve noticed some shifting or moving of your teeth, it might be an indication of a bigger problem.
What Causes Teeth to Shift?
1. Periodontal Disease
Advanced gum disease is called periodontitis. Chronic periodontitis can lead to irreversible loss of gum tissue and the bone beneath that holds teeth in place. It doesn’t have many noticeable symptoms in the early stages but can progress gradually as time passes. If it does, your teeth will eventually start moving and shifting around in your mouth. Periodontitis can occur at any age and it usually gets worse slowly, but there can be waves of rapid bone loss. It’s sad to see beautiful cavity-free teeth removed because of this disease.
2. Missing Teeth
Although the price tag on a tooth extraction may seem appealing compared to other treatment options, you must consider all of the side effects of having even one missing tooth. Opposing teeth tend to creep out of place and teeth on either side of the space are prone to collapse as well. When bone forming cells aren’t needed, they simply migrate to other areas and the empty void where the missing tooth once lived gets worse over time which can cause your teeth to shift. If you are missing teeth, consider looking into dental implants to restore your smile.
3. TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is simply a problem with the jaw joint. When this very important joint isn’t balanced perfectly, muscle strain and inflammation can lead to abnormal tooth wear and tear. Teeth that get too much unusual pressure will start to shift and “self adjust”. Even if an official diagnosis hasn’t been made, the simple act of night time grinding from an unrelaxed jaw joint will traumatize teeth and cause thinning of the bone.
4. Imperfect Dental Work
Dental work that isn’t carefully planned and properly adjusted will cause quite an uproar in your mouth which includes teeth shifting. Fillings that are too high put extra pressure on the nerve inside the tooth and ligaments around the roots as well. Many times, fillings like this will cause pain but only if the nerve of the tooth is vital. Crowns that don’t have a stable contact with their neighbor are free to move around. There is a systematic method for all dental procedures, but unfortunately many people have poorly executed restorations in their mouth.
Call Daxon Dentistry Today for Answers
At Daxon Dentistry, we are passionate about providing our patients with solutions. If you or someone you know is experiencing some of these symptoms, please contact us, your dedicated Prosthodontists. We look forward to restoring your smile.