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Loose teeth and its implications on your health depend a lot on your age. In case of a child, loose teeth are not a concern as the teeth would anyway fall off and the new set of permanent teeth would replace them. In adults, however, loose teeth can signal a problem. In most cases, adult loose teeth are due to a bacterial infection or a gum disease. There could be traumatic dental injury too that can cause loose teeth.
HOW IS LOOSE TEETH DIAGNOSED?
A dentist would carry out a thorough examination of the mouth and teeth to observe the amount of movement that occurs in the teeth. Questions about injuries, especially to the mouth would be asked to determine the cause of the loose teeth.
HOW IS LOOSE TEETH TREATED?
The treatment for loose teeth includes the following procedures:
• Tooth splinting - This is a simple treatment in which your loose tooth can be bonded to other, stable teeth, until it tightens up.
• An occlusal guard or mouth guard. This can help protect your teeth if you are grinding them.
• Cleaning the mobile tooth free of all bacterial sources may reduce mobility.
• Teeth which are loose and which move in all direction may have to be extracted.
DID YOU KNOW?
The long term outlook or prognosis of the teeth must be considered before deciding upon treatment options. While temporary splinting options may buy you some time, the teeth themselves may need to be replaced if the damage to the periodontal structures is severe.