A tooth is usually connected to a jawbone by the periodontal ligament which is a circuit completed by the outer part of the tooth. However, this ligament, like all other ligaments, is flexible and sometimes allows for shifting of the teeth.
The ligament is held together by collagen and connective tissue, which are both very flexible. Most times, it will occur at night when one is asleep and all muscles of the body are relaxed.
Why Do Teeth Move?
Generally, teeth move throughout one's life. This is natural and occurs without any hindrance. However, there are certain triggers and even stressors that can largely contribute to the shifting of teeth. Sometimes when one tooth has damaged enamel that is eroded, the tooth has become smaller in size and shifted out of place causing other teeth to follow suit. This process affects one's bite and can change the complete shape of their teeth alignment.
What Are the Dangers Of Having Shifting Teeth?
The first thing that happens when your teeth move is your bite changes. This means that you will mostly grind on other teeth during sleep, which is dangerous for your tooth enamel. There is also the danger of having crowded teeth in one area, which means that you will have spaces that you cannot reach when brushing or flossing. This can lead to cavity formation and even periodontal disease in severe conditions.
Whenever you feel that there has been a change in your natural teeth alignment, it is advisable to come and see us so we can examine your jaw and ligaments and help restore the teeth to avoid harmful grinding during sleep. Call us today at our office and get more information on how to look out and maintain perfectly aligned teeth.