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Why Do Teeth Feel Like They Shift in Your Sleep?


Posted on 6/7/2021 by Dr. Joe Mirci
Why Do Teeth Feel Like They Shift in Your Sleep?It is true. Your adult teeth continue to move as you age. Small changes can be expected, but if your teeth seem to move more than you think is necessary, maybe it is time to consider why that is the case. Your teeth shift both during the day and at night while you are sleeping. At night, the muscles of your jaw and mouth relax. This may cause your teeth to move ever so slightly.

Your Teeth are Moving


Your teeth can move for several reasons. At night, the muscles of your jaw and mouth relax. This may cause your teeth to move ever so slightly. Your teeth may also move due to the pressure of wisdom teeth erupting. It is not uncommon for your teeth to move if they are experiencing pressure. It is possible for your teeth to experience pressure if you grind them while you sleep. Grinding your teeth at night is common. In our practice we have identified bruxism, the dental term for grinding your teeth, as cause of some teeth shifting around. Lastly, if you have poor dental habits this may be the reason your teeth are shifting around. Gum disease can cause weaker gums which can ultimately lead to shifting teeth.

Call Our Office


If you think your teeth have been moving around at night, the best thing to do is schedule an appointment with our office. We will administer a professional cleaning and dental exam. We will also check your records to see if your teeth have moved. If we have found that your teeth have moved, we will also talk through your lifestyle and oral hygiene to identify any reasons why your teeth may be moving in your mouth. We are here to help you find the cause of your shift and make sure you do not have bigger problems that require our attention.
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