Why Are My Teeth Loose?
A loose tooth is normal when younger, as the adult teeth are growing in, but when a permanent tooth becomes loose, this can be a cause for concern. There are a variety of reasons why a person’s tooth may become loose during adulthood, and depending on the cause, your dentist can help you find the most appropriate solution. Common reasons for a loose tooth include:
- Gum Disease: A buildup of harmful bacteria leads to periodontal pockets and gum recession, which can cause the tooth to loosen.
- Injury: A blow to the mouth or other injury can make the ligaments connecting the teeth to the bone weak, resulting in a loose tooth.
- Bruxism: Also known as teeth grinding or clenching, this habit puts excess pressure on the teeth and can gradually make a tooth unstable.
In many cases a loose tooth can be made secure again through proper treatment, such as getting a deep periodontal cleaning or wearing a nightguard to manage teeth grinding. For cases where a loose tooth cannot be saved, your dentist may recommend removing the affected tooth, treating related damage in the area (e.g., decay or gum disease), and replacing it with a restoration, like a dental implant or bridge. Patients with several loose teeth may need a more advanced treatment like the full mouth rehabilitation, which addresses multiple oral health concerns at once, such as gum disease and severely damaged teeth.
If you notice one or more teeth becoming loose, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist to be evaluated. When certain problems are caught early, you can minimize damage and restore your oral health. To learn more about what causes loose teeth and how our team at Austin Dental Spa can restore the form and function of your smile, please contact our office today!