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I don't have gum disease, but have had braces twice. First for 4 years and next for 2 years. My front four teeth have always seemed mobile. I feel funny biting into an apple or something, so I've learned to bite with my bottom teeth. Had x-rays and they told me that I lost 50% of the root on those 4 teeth during orthodontic treatment. Is that normal?

Anyways, I've also been through mouth trauma about 10 years ago, and luckily I had my retainer in, or they said I would've lost my teeth. Basically it was a bad accident and the roof of my mouth and my left cheek was crushed, but I had my jaws wired and plates put in my face and got all fixed up. Plates have been removed and have had a new retainer fitted. Well, here I am about 10 years later and all of a sudden, on the left side, where that cheek was teeth are becoming mobile. I can feel them moving when I chew gum. Also, I lifted my lip and saw major receding on that side of the top teeth. Am I going to lose my teeth on that side?

I also grit my teeth in my sleep and my dentist seems to think it's making my teeth mobile. What do I do? Why can people chomp on gum or bite food and it not make our teeth mobile, but gritting teeth will? I mean, our teeth are made for biting.

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