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?
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?
Loose teeth, if due to a gum disease, would need some dental treatment. The treatment begins with deep cleaning and may include splinting, bite adjustment, use of night guard or periodontal surgery based on the condition of the loose teeth and your overall oral and dental situation.
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.