In today’s modern age, and with the increased awareness about oral health and how it affects your whole body, there are few things scarier than a loose tooth. Your mind immediately goes to: what happened? How did this happen? What can I do to stop it? These are all valid questions. For that reason, we’re here to help you understand why this happens. We’ll also answer the ultimate question “what should I do if a tooth is loose?”
What Causes Loose Teeth?
To help stop and prevent such a problem, we first have to understand why this happens. There are many reasons why your tooth became loose. However, the 3 most common reasons are:
1. Periodontal Disease
This is a severe form of gum disease where, instead of inflammation of only the gums, inflammation of the bone and periodontal ligament – the fibers connecting the tooth to the bone – occurs as well. This results in weakening of the link between the tooth and the bone, so it becomes loose.
If you suffer a knock or bump to your teeth and mouth, it may result in bone breakage. In addition, it commonly loosens one or more teeth.
3. An Abscess or Infection Around the Tooth
An abscess is basically a sac filled with pus that surrounds the tooth. In some cases, it may grow so large that it makes the tooth literally “float” around in the fluid, making it loose.
What Should I Do if a Tooth is Loose?
When you first realize that your tooth is loose, you must act fast. The reason may be fixable, and your tooth could regain its stability with a minor intervention. First things first, recall your history, since this can help to determine what caused your tooth to be loose. As a result, it will help your dentist come up with a suitable treatment plan. Second, visit your dentist as soon as possible. Only we can truly determine the cause of the problem through clinical examination and x-rays. In addition, we’ll quickly come up with a treatment plan to address the problem.
Usually, the initial treatment is very simple. If you have an abscess, we may drain it – either through a root canal or an incision. Once complete, the tooth should regain its true strength within a few days.
Addressing Other Causes of Loose Teeth
We first treat periodontal disease by removing the plaque and tartar. Following that, you’ll need to follow a strict oral hygiene regimen to make sure your gums regain their health.
Trauma – on the other hand – is a little bit trickier. If the bone broke, it may have to be supported for a while until it repairs itself. However, in some cases – unfortunately – it can be beyond repair to “like new” condition. In the case of trauma, we may refer you to an oral surgeon.
So, “what should I do if a tooth is loose?” The simple answer: call your dentist. We’ll know what to do.
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