Why is My Molar Loose?

Having a loose molar can be a nightmare. It’s stressful, annoying, and concerning. While loose teeth are normal for children, as an adult, it needs to be addressed quickly. You don’t want your tooth falling out! But why is your tooth loose? And can you fix it?

What Leads to Loose Molars?

There are a few reasons why your molar may be loose. These include:

* Injury. If you’ve been in a recent accident, there is a chance that your tooth has been knocked loose. If this is the case, set an appointment with an emergency dentist so they can take a look. Another issue may be teeth grinding and clenching. A mouth guard may be able to resolve this issue but, if it’s gotten to the point where the tooth is loose, you need to see a dentist.

* Gum Disease. It’s extremely important to take proper care of your oral health. If you haven’t taken good care of your oral health for a long period of time, you’ll likely end up with gingivitis. Over time, this turns into periodontitis. At this point, you can expect loosening and, eventually, loss.

* Pregnancy. While people don’t often think of their teeth when they think about pregnancy, the change in hormone levels can actually affect the bones and ligaments in your mouth that hold your teeth in place. The good news is this problem will often solve itself after pregnancy.

* Osteoporosis. Weak bones can mean a weaker jawbone. In turn, this can lead to tooth loosening and loss.

Repair Options

There are a few repair options for a loose tooth or teeth. If your molar is loose, go to the dentist to figure out why. From there, they will discuss repair options.
As was mentioned above, loose teeth due to pregnancy will often resolve themselves. With gum disease, there is a chance that the area will tighten back up. You may need a deep cleaning to ensure all the plaque and tartar are removed. For osteoporosis, a bone graft may be an option to strengthen the jawbone. Your dentist will let you know which option is best to meet your specific needs.

Missing Tooth Replacement Options

If your tooth becomes loose and you don’t take care of the issue, it may eventually fall out. If this is the case, you’ll need to consider replacement options. This may mean a dental bridge or an implant. Your dentist will try their best to avoid this option. The chances are much higher of them saving the tooth if you set an immediate appointment as soon as you notice the tooth being loose.

Reach Out Today!

If you have a loose molar, multiple loose teeth, or any other oral health issue, reach out today! We’d be happy to set an appointment with you to take a look at the tooth and see what the best repair option is. Also, make sure to reach out if you don’t have a regular cleaning and checkup in the books!


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