Loose or shifting teeth can be a warning sign of a bigger problem associated with your oral health. If you are noticing that your teeth are becoming loose or are moving easily, set up an appointment with a dental professional for an oral evaluation as soon as possible. Loose teeth can be a sign of gum disease and other oral health problems that may lead to tooth loss and irreversible damage of the supporting structure and bone.
Causes of Loose Teeth
Loose teeth can be a result of injury or trauma to the mouth, but are also a result of progressing periodontal disease. When you have a bacterial infection in your mouth, you are at risk for developing periodontal disease that will cause loss of attachment structure and also destroy bone and gum tissue around the teeth. When there is not enough supportive structure to keep your teeth in place, your teeth will become loose and eventually fall out. Loose teeth can also be a side effect of underlying health conditions that make you predisposed to developing periodontal disease.
Signs and Symptoms of Loose Teeth
Some of the signs and symptoms associated with loose teeth include:
- Sore or inflamed gums
- Bleeding gums
- Pus buildup around the tooth
- Food getting stuck between the teeth or under the gums
- Gum recession
These symptoms are also signs of an active infection of the mouth that indicates severe gum disease. Early stages of gum disease are reversible, so it is critical that you get the treatment you need as early as possible.
Preventing Loose Teeth
The best way to avoid losing your teeth is to practice good oral hygiene, and make sure you are getting the treatment you need for any systemic diseases and conditions that may be affecting your oral health. Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet and exercising regularly can boost your immune system and keep many diseases at bay.
Take the time to brush and floss your teeth regularly and use proper brushing and flossing techniques. In some cases, your doctor may recommend nutritional supplementation and essential oils to manage gingivitis.
Loose Teeth Treatment Options
Conventional therapies for treating loose teeth at our office include:
- Deep Cleanings
- Antibiotic therapy
- Bone grafts
- Gingival grafts
- Tooth replacement with dental implants
It is important to remember that healthy teeth in adults should never become loose. Even slight movements are a red flag, and you need to come in to see your doctor as soon as possible if you notice your teeth shifting or moving even slightly.
Dr. Thomas R. Dickson and Dr. Lyndi Jones, general dentists in Midvale, Utah, treat patients from Midvale, UT; Millcreek, UT; and Sandy, UT as well as the surrounding areas. Dr. Dickson and Dr. Jones provide advanced dental treatments including the LANAP Laser Treatment for gum disease, dental implants, All-on-4, root canals, sedation, and orthodontics. Call (801) 784-1999 to schedule your appointment or click here to request an appointment online.