If your teeth feel loose, now’s the time to act
Unless you are a child, loose teeth are not something to celebrate – it’s something you’ll want to deal with as soon as possible.
Loose teeth can lead to tooth loss impacting your:
- oral health
What causes teeth to become loose?
- The most common cause of loose teeth in adults is gum disease. Gum disease or periodontal disease occurs when the gums and bone around the tooth become inflamed due to bacteria and plaque accumulation. This inflammation may cause the bone supporting the teeth to disappear. If you lose enough bone the teeth will lose their support and become loose. Although this is preventable with regular dental visits and sufficient oral care, once you have loose teeth you will need to move into repair mode. Visiting your dentist sooner than later will help minimize the treatment required.
- Injury or trauma can also cause teeth to become loose. Teeth that are loose from accidents or blunt force will likely be salvageable but require prompt attention. Contact your dentist immediately.
- A more likely scenario for teeth being loose due to trauma is occlusal trauma. Bite interferences may cause your teeth to loosen due to repeated excessive forces delivered during clenching and grinding, or possibly even eating. Combine this chronic trauma to the teeth with periodontal disease and it is a recipe for tooth disaster.
Keep your oral health at its best
Loose teeth rarely resolve themselves on their own. Without the intervention of a dentist, you are in danger of losing the teeth altogether.
Keeping your natural teeth healthy and intact is one of the best strategies for maintaining good oral health. If you have loose teeth, an examination and subsequent treatment by Dr. Sandhu or Dr. Saby may help you keep your teeth.