If you’ve started to notice that your teeth are no longer lining up corrected, this could be a sign of TMD, which is short for temporomandibular joint disorder. TMD is the term used to describe any condition that impacts the temporomandibular joint or causes it to become inflamed.
The temporomandibular joint is the hinge connecting the lower jaw to the rest of your skull. If this joint becomes damaged or inflamed, it can result in jaw pain, headaches, the misalignment of the teeth, or popping or clicking noises when opening or closing the mouth. In most cases, if you do experience TMD, it will occur on both sides of the joint instead of just one.
The reason why TMD may cause the teeth to shift is because the ball and socket joints of the temporomandibular joint have fallen out of alignment. As a result, the joint will become inflamed, which will in turn cause even more shifting. In most cases, a jaw splint is able to fix the problem.
The emergence of your wisdom teeth can also contribute to TMD and the shifting of your teeth. In this scenario, your wisdom teeth will be removed before the jaw splint is used to stabilize the temporomandibular joint.
TMD can be painful and may cause disruption or discomfort in your daily life. To learn more about temporomandibular joint disorder, or if you believe you may need a jaw splint, please don’t hesitate to contact Balota Family Dentistry. Our general dentistry office is located here in Colorado Springs, Colorado.