Causes of Loose Teeth

There are a variety of different reasons for a loose tooth or teeth. Some of these reasons have simple repair procedures, while others can be a bit more challenging. Below are some of the reasons why your tooth or teeth may be loose, along with what can be done to repair them.

What Leads to Loose Teeth?

There are a few main reasons that your tooth or teeth may be loose. These include:

* Injury. If you have recently fallen off your bike, gotten into a car accident, taken an elbow to the mouth during a sport, or sustained any other kind of injury, you may be left with a loose tooth or teeth. If you grind or clench your teeth at night, you may not even know why you have an injury! Mouthguards are helpful when it comes to preventing sports injuries and injuries due to grinding or clenching but, once your tooth or teeth have been knocked loose, you’ll need to see your dentist.

* Osteoporosis. If you have osteoporosis, your bones become weak. This may include your jawbone. If this is the case, your teeth may fall out.

* Gum Disease. Gum disease is one of the easiest causes of loose teeth to prevent. If you take good care of your oral health, gum disease shouldn’t be a problem. If you let your oral health slip, though, you can end up with gum disease. In turn, your teeth may loosen and even fall out over time.

* Pregnancy. When women are pregnant, their hormone levels change. Something pregnant women often don’t consider is the way those shifts affect their teeth. Pregnancy can actually lead to loosening of the teeth.

Teeth Repair Options

Some teeth repair options are easier than others—while some are more challenging. For instance, if your teeth are loose due to pregnancy, you may simply need to wait until the pregnancy is over. They may tighten back up over time. On the other hand, if it is due to osteoporosis, you may need a bone graft to resolve the issue.

As soon as you notice you have a loose tooth or teeth, make sure you schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately for them to take a look. If you suffered an injury, set an emergency appointment with your dentist to repair your teeth.

Replacement Options

If your tooth or teeth cannot be saved and they fall out, you’ll need to consider a replacement option. Common replacements include dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges. Your dentist will take a look at the area and consider the reason your teeth fell out. From there, they’ll let you know what your replacement options are.

Contact Us Today!

Whether you are pregnant, had a recent injury, or have gum disease, you need to set an appointment with your dentist when you notice you have a loose tooth or teeth. Reach out today and we’ll get an appointment in the books! From there, your dentist will figure out the best repair options to meet your needs.

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