A loose tooth is one which moves or wiggles in the mouth. As a natural stage of dental development, children have loose baby teeth when their adult teeth are growing in. A loose tooth in an adult is not normal and indicates an existing problem.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What causes a Loose Tooth?
A loose tooth can be caused by the loss of bone around the tooth (“periodontal disease”), a broken root of the tooth (trauma) or a widened space between the root and the bone that the tooth sits in (infection or long term stress).
2. Who is at high risk for a Loose Tooth?
Some people are more susceptible than others to having a loose tooth. The people at high risk for having a loose tooth are those with:
- Advanced periodontal disease
- An unbalanced bite
- Excessive bite forces
- Traumatic injuries to teeth
- Infections around teeth
3. What can I do to minimize my risk of a Loose Tooth in the future?
Your dentist will make recommendations to manage the specific loose tooth risk factors that apply to you. Here are some things that may be recommended:
- Periodontal management procedures
- “Equilibrating” or balancing your bite
- Wearing a night guard
- Wearing a sports guard
- Treating any infections associated with your teeth
4. What will happen if I choose to do nothing about my Loose Tooth?
Most often, a loose tooth will become progressively looser and eventually fall out. This process is frequently accompanied by pain and infection.
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