Ever dreamt that your teeth were starting to get loose or that they were falling out? Hopefully dreams are the only times you’ve experienced loose teeth. But if a mouth injury, gum disease, bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding), or another medical condition results in one of your permanent teeth become loose, it’s important to know what to do and to act quickly. Let’s get right to it!
Baby teeth should fall out, but permanent teeth definitely aren’t supposed to. A tooth that is very loose is considered a dental emergency, so it’s important to get to a dentist quickly. Even if your tooth is just slightly loose, we recommend seeing a dentist as soon as possible, rather than waiting around to see if it will fix itself, so you can remedy the situation before it becomes severe.
Before your dentist can recommend next steps for remedying your loose tooth, they will need to pinpoint the exact reason why your tooth was loose in the first place. For example, if gum disease was your issue, then they may recommend you getting flap surgery to clean and reattach your gum tissue. If you’ve suffered deterioration of the bone in your mouth, then they may suggest bone grafting to repair and strengthen the bone.
If for some reason your permanent tooth cannot be saved, then your dentist may advise you to get a tooth extraction in the best interest of your health. But not to worry! That doesn’t mean you have to live with a missing tooth for the rest of your life. There are a variety of tooth-replacement options out there for you, including dental implants.
How to Prevent Loose Teeth
The easiest thing you can do to prevent loose teeth is practice good oral hygiene. So, brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. And don’t forget to see the dentist twice a year. With these steps, you’re helping to keep gum disease at bay.
It may be hard to prevent an unexpected injury to your mouth, but you can take safeguards such as wearing a mouthguard while playing contact sports. We recommend having a dental professional make your sportsguard since that way it’ll be custom designed and fitted to your mouth, offering greater security. If you grind your teeth at night, you should consider getting a nightguard made to protect your teeth from damage while you sleep.
Is one of your permanent teeth feeling a little loose? Contact us immediately so we can take a look! The Romeoville Dental Center team is here to help.