Skip ToContent A+ A-
Main Content

TMJ Disorder and Shifting Teeth

Young woman smilingOne of the symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is that your teeth may begin to shift or not line up the way they used to. TMJ disorder is a term used to describe any condition that affects the temporomandibular joint or causes it to become inflamed.

Your temporomandibular joint is the hinge that connects the lower jaw to the rest of your skull. If this joint becomes damaged or inflamed, it can cause headaches, jaw pain, or popping and clicking noises when opening and closing the mouth.

Link Between TMJ Disorder and Teeth Shifting

The reason that TMJ disorder can make it seem like the teeth are no longer lining up correctly is because the jaw is misaligned. Once this happens, a vicious cycle occurs in which the damage causes inflammation, which causes more damage, etc. To fix the problem, we may use a lower jaw splint to keep the jaw properly aligned.

Wisdom teeth have also been known to contribute to the shifting of teeth. If your wisdom teeth begin to emerge at the same time you start experiencing TMJ problems, it can be helpful for the wisdom teeth to be removed. This can often be enough to fix the problem on its own, but a lower jaw splint may still be used.

TMJ disorder is painful and can disrupt your day-to-day life. If you believe you’re having temporomandibular joint problems, please contact Auburn Family Dental to make an appointment. Our general dentistry office is located in Wichita, KS.

Posted by

Share:

Archive

Jul 22, 2019, 3:05 PM
Around 75% of Americans are currently suffering from chronic dehydration. Not only is dehydration bad for your overall…
Jul 8, 2019, 4:48 PM
It may never have occurred to many parents that dental cavities could be contagious. Even the most vigilant parents have been…
Jun 25, 2019, 7:00 PM
If you’re experiencing a toothache that isn’t too painful, you may dismiss it as many people do. This is especially true if…
Jun 3, 2019, 7:15 PM
Most people initially blame coffee or tobacco use for stained teeth. However, the fact is that even if you abstain from these…
May 22, 2019, 9:08 PM
Once your dental cavity has been detected, the decayed area has been removed, and the tooth has been cleaned and prepared, it…