After we lose all of our baby teeth, out adult teeth have to last us for the rest of our lives. That’s a lot to ask, given the amount of work and abuse that our teeth have to withstand daily, but for the most part our molars and incisors are up to the task. If you’ve started noticing that your permanent tooth is loose, however, this can be a sign of some serious dental problems that you should address as soon as you can. Failure to do so could lead to you losing your tooth--and maybe a few other teeth along with it.
What Are the Causes?
There can be many possible causes for having a loose adult tooth, and the necessary treatment will vary depending on the cause. If you suffered a fall or injury, the tooth may have been dislodged from its root, requiring dental surgery to splint it back into place. The injury should heal up after a while, allowing you to continue on your life after recovery. On the other hand, a loose tooth with no precipitating injury can be a sign of a deeper problem, such as advanced gum disease. This is especially the case for loose teeth that are also accompanied by a bad taste in the mouth, painful gums, or persistent bad breath.
What to Do Next?
Only a qualified dentist will be able to determine what caused your tooth to start becoming loose, and you should make sure to make an appointment to see one right away. At Southfield Family Dental Center, we know that your smile is important to you. That’s why we have a staff of experienced dental professionals ready to meet all your dental needs. Contact us to schedule an appointment today, and let us help you get your smile looking great again!