Loose teeth are common among children, but they aren't something you'll want to experience as an adult. While some causes are harmless, others require dental intervention. By identifying the cause of your loose tooth, you'll be one step closer to identifying the right treatment options.
If you suffer any type of blow to the face or dental trauma as a result of an accident, fall, or sporting event, you may have a loose tooth. In this case, splinting may be able to help your tooth to re-stabilize and stay securely in place.
If you have a habit of clenching and grinding your teeth, they may start to shift with time. If you engage in this behavior at night when you are sleeping, it may be difficult to stop. However, use of a custom-fitted mouth guard while you sleep can protect your teeth from bruxism-related damage. Also, a night guard can prevent the chewing surfaces of the teeth from wearing down and will thwart enamel damage.
Gum disease is a major cause of loose tooth and eventual tooth loss. When plaque is allowed to harden into tartar, the gums will start to pull away from the teeth. Over time, the bone and supporting tissues that keep the teeth in place can start to break down, and the tooth may become loose. Bone or gum grafts may be required to give the teeth the necessary structure they need to stay supported in the jaw.
Osteoporosis is another disease that could lead to loose teeth. If the disease affects the jawbone that supports the teeth, the teeth may feel less stable. Certain osteoporosis medications can help to treat bone loss and make teeth feel better anchored in the mouth.
Are your teeth feeling loose in their sockets? If so, give our office a call today to set up an appointment.