If your teeth are moving around at night, this is likely the sign of a problem that requires treatment. While the teeth will shift slightly with time, age, and changes to your mouth, they shouldn't be moving significantly while you sleep.
Bruxism and Moving Teeth
One of the most common reasons that teeth move while you sleep is bruxism. This involves clenching or grinding the teeth together. While some people do this during the day, perhaps as a way to concentrate, many people clench and grind at night. Unfortunately, this can cause significant damage to the teeth, including shifting.
When you clench your jaw shut while asleep, you'll put an unnatural amount of pressure onto the teeth. This can wear them down or even cause hairline fractures. Your teeth and jaws may feel sore when you wake up in the morning, and with time, your bite may feel uneven.
Bruxism Treatment Options
During your regular examination, we may notice signs of bruxism, but you should certainly bring up your concerns if you experience any symptoms. Once bruxism has been identified, we can find ways to prevent further damage to the teeth. A custom-fitted night guard is often recommended, as these appliances will keep the teeth separated while you sleep. Made of soft materials, night guards are comfortable and can prevent future movement of your teeth at night.
In severe cases, you may require a dental correction. This is recommended if tooth wear has caused sensitivity or impaired your ability to chew. We might need to alter the chewing surfaces of your teeth or use other restorations to repair the damage.
Are you concerned about bruxism or the fact that your teeth move at night? If so, please call our office today so that we can evaluate your smile and find the best course of action.