Permanent Tooth Feels Loose

Having a permanent tooth feel loose can be terrifying! After all, you only get one set of permanent teeth. You are probably wondering why your permanent tooth feels loose, and what you can do to fix it. Below is more information about why permanent teeth become loose, and what can be done once they loosen.

Why Does My Permanent Tooth Feel Loose?

There isn’t just one reason why permanent teeth loosen. Below are some of the most common reasons for a loose permanent tooth…

* Injury. Injury is the most obvious reason for a loose tooth. If you had an accident playing a sport, riding your bike, or tripping over something, you may have knocked your tooth loose. A less obvious injury is one caused by teeth grinding and clenching at night.

* Pregnancy. Pregnant women experience changes in their hormonal levels. This can affect a variety of different parts of the body, including the teeth.

* Osteoporosis. One of the bones that can become weak due to osteoporosis is the jawbone. If this is the case, your teeth may loosen and even fall out over time.

* Gum Disease. Gum disease will become worse over time if it is not addressed. Once it’s hit the periodontitis stage, your teeth may start getting loose and falling out.

What Can Be Done?

As there are different reasons for teeth being loose, there are also different repair options. For a woman whose teeth become loose due to pregnancy, the solution may be as simple as waiting it out. For those with gum disease, on the other hand, a deep cleaning may be required to remove bacteria. Your dentist may also recommend tooth splinting or the use of a night guard to repair the tooth. If you suffer from osteoporosis, you may require a bone graft.

It's extremely important to set an appointment with your dentist as soon as you notice you have a loose tooth or teeth. The sooner they can take a look, the better. Even if you believe it is due to pregnancy, it’s important for your dentist to take a look to make sure. If you have an accident, set an immediate appointment with an emergency dentist.

What if It Can’t Be Repaired?

If for some reason your tooth cannot be repaired, you may need to consider a replacement option. Your dentist will do everything they can to save the loose tooth or teeth but, if they can’t, you’ll need to consider dental implants, dentures, or a dental bridge.

Speak with Your Dentist

If you notice you have a tooth or teeth that are loose, contact your dentist’s office and set an appointment for as soon as possible. Don’t wait for your next scheduled cleaning and checkup! If you sustained an injury, set an appointment for emergency dentistry. This may mean the difference between you keeping or losing the tooth.

Reach out today to set an appointment with your dentist so they can take a look at your loose tooth or teeth.

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