Loose teeth are the result of chronic gum disease, gum recession and bone loss. As plaque and bacteria invade the area around the teeth, it destroys the attachment between the teeth and the surrounding support structures. Once gum disease becomes active and remains untreated, teeth become shaky. Trauma, bite injury or tumor can also cause teeth mobility.
HOW IS LOOSE TEETH DIAGNOSED?
The dentist will perform a physical examination to check for mobility of tooth. He may ask for details of symptoms and medical history to diagnose the condition.
HOW IS LOOSE TEETH TREATED?
Treatment of loose teeth would depend upon the cause. Gum cleaning is most often recommended for gum disease. Other procedures such as splinting and bite adjustments or the use of night guards could help remedy this problem. In some cases, extraction of the loose tooth might be the best option.
DID YOU KNOW?
The condition of missing one or more teeth is termed as edentulism.