Teeth Movement and Treatment


You can’t see them moving around, but teeth do move in your mouth. This process is quite natural. Your teeth move when your age and your jaw gets larger and changes shape. Repetitive stress from eating or teeth grinding can cause your teeth to move. Gum disease is another reason why teeth move. Teeth movement can even occur after orthodontic treatments like braces or retainers. Worse, teeth movement can cause some problems for the overall health of your mouth. In this article, we’ll look at teeth movement and what potential problems it can cause.

Tooth Extraction and Movement

One of the biggest risk factors associated with tooth extraction involves what happens to the rest of your teeth once that tooth is gone. The pressure the extracted tooth placed on other teeth kept them in alignment. Over time, however, once that tooth is gone, the jawbone recedes where the tooth used to be. This will cause all of your other teeth to move further apart. It becomes much easier for food particles to get stuck in there which increases the risk of gum disease.

While losing teeth in the back of your mouth tend to produce less movement, incisors and canines that have been lost can create serious problems. In these cases, tooth movement can be avoided by installing a dental implant to take the place of the missing tooth. This also prevents your jawbone from receding in that area. The quicker this is done after tooth extraction, the better your overall oral health and jawbone will be.

Gum Disease and Tooth Movement

One of the major risk factors for tooth movement is gum disease. However, tooth movement also causes and accelerates the process of gum disease by making it easier for food to get caught between your teeth. In other words, the tooth movement causes gum disease which is a risk factor for tooth loss and tooth movement. The damage caused thus accumulates exponentially over time.

Your gums fix your teeth in place. Plaque and tartar below the gumline can kill healthy gum tissue causing the gums to recede. Further, small pockets of plaque and tartar can shift the gums away from the tooth, making them looser. If the tooth falls out, the other teeth begin to drift apart increasing the risk of gum disease. Gum disease further increases the risk of tooth loss and drift.

What Can I Do to Avoid Tooth Movement?

Avoiding gum disease is a good first step. Brushing properly and flossing regularly remove tartar that gets stuck below the gums. This decreases the risk of tooth loss which further reduces the risk of gum disease. So simply taking proper care of your mouth can go along way to avoiding tooth drift.

If your issues are aesthetic, some folks have found it useful to get permanent or removable retainers to prevent tooth drift.

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