I posted awhile ago about how my teeth are shifting. I went to the orthodontist this morning and he had a very interesting correlation to make.
I put forth my personal, non-medically based theory that TN was causing my teeth to shift. HE AGREED in an unoffical, non-clinically tested way. He has stroke patients and a few others with facial parayalsis from trauma (sadly no one else with TN/ATN) and stated that something you never hear about from stroke survivors is that if they have facial drop and whatnot they also start having shifting teeth. When you facial nerves are damaged the ligments and muscles in your face no longer work correctly, this could even been on a micro-level, and when those things don’t work correctly your start having bite problems and bite problems may eventually cause your teeth to shift.
Eventually. Maybe. No actual research to support it. But, in my opinion, connecting the dots leads to a connection between TN and teeth issues. At least it seems to have in my case. I had perfectly fine teeth until about five years ago. Now I’m at the point of needing braces and permanent retainers to get my bite corrected. My teeth have had a huge shift in five years, I’ve had ATN for 12 years, and when it flares my teeth often have a loose sensation. Kinda makes me go “ummmmmmm…”