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Loose Permanent Tooth: What to Do

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!

girl holding her loose permanent tooth

First Steps

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.

Restorative Procedures

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.

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Selena Nunez
Selena Nunez
October 22, 2022.

Hands down the best dental office to receive your dental and cosmetic needs. The staff is always very friendly and welcoming. It’s also so nice knowing that they have 3 amazing doctors on staff who know their craft. No matter which provider you see, you just know you’re in great hands. My last visit was with Dr. Sheikh for Botox. She’s very thorough and has a keen eye for detail. I’m two weeks out from my Botox treatment and let me just say, my skin has never felt so smooth or looked as radiant as it does now. Always a pleasure visiting Dr. Sheikh!

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Victoria esposito
October 2, 2022.

Please look no further! This entire office has their act together. I’ve been seeing Dr Sheikh and she is so patient and gentle.She is also a perfectionist and listens to your concerns and delivers options. I’ve also seen Dr Nina and Dr Patel and certainly no complaints with either of them. I’ve had 3 crowns and numerous fillings and no problems with any of the work. Thanks for building my complete confidence!

Nancy Sauer
Nancy Sauer
September 29, 2022.

Today I had a great visit at Romeoville Dental! Anna and Jaime are wonderful, and so is Dr. Nina. The desk staff are very welcoming. It's always so enjoyable to come here.

Daniel Gonzalez
Daniel Gonzalez
September 28, 2022.

Excelente servicio

Neshelle Baker
Neshelle Baker
September 25, 2022.

I love Romeoville Dental Center! I’ve been here about 4 times and had a different hygienist and dentist each time. The entire team is amazing, every single person has always been caring, gentle and friendly. I highly recommend.

Gianna Munoz
Gianna Munoz
September 24, 2022.

By far the best dentist office I’ve been to. I love the patient care and the whole staff.

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Phyllis Lanphear
September 24, 2022.

The office staff and dentists are just awesome!! They take time to talk with you and make you feel so comfortable.