What Should You Do If a Permanent Tooth Feels Loose?

Repairing Missing Teeth

After we lose all of our baby teeth, our 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. Thankfully our molars and incisors are up to the tough task. If you’ve noticed that one of your permanent teeth is loose, this can be a sign of some serious dental problems that you should address as soon as possible. Failure to do so could result in losing your tooth--and maybe a few other teeth along with it.

What Are the Possible Causes?

There are many different 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?

Prolonging a dental visit only allows the problem to progress or worsen. In more severe cases, patients may need extensive treatment including removal and replacement of the teeth. 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.

What Can I Do To Prevent Loose Teeth?

Aside from the obvious daily dental hygiene of brushing twice a day and flossing your teeth, regular checkups and cleanings can also prevent the possibility of loose teeth. If playing sports, wearing the proper gear such as a mouth guard can save your teeth from colliding and cracking. Be aware of the causes of gum disease and actively take care of your teeth to prevent it. Also know that people with Osteoporosis and Diabetes are more susceptible to problems with their teeth.

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!

The article was originally posted on December 30, 2015 and was revised on March 11, 2019.  Written by Dr. Noah Levi

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