The two main causes of loose or shifting teeth are advanced periodontal disease, also known as gum disease
, and traumatic oral injury. Loose teeth are a sign of irreversible damage to oral structures and bone and must be rectified immediately. If left untreated, the degeneration will likely become more severe and additional bone loss can occur. If you have loose teeth, contact the office of Dr. Randy J. Greenberg, dentist in Wallingford.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Our mouths are full of bacteria, mucus, and other particles. These three substances combine to create plaque. Plaque that has not been removed often becomes tartar, which must be professionally removed during regular dental visits, at least twice per year. Bacteria live within these plaque and tartar deposits and can cause destruction of the structures that support the teeth, eventually leading to gum disease
Treatment Options for Loose Teeth
If gum disease is left untreated, the bone can eventually be destroyed to the point that it can no longer support the teeth. Loose teeth should be addressed as soon as possible, and we offer various options for treatment:
• gingival grafts
• scaling and root planing therapy
• laser periodontal therapy
• antibiotic therapy – utilized for short term or sudden infections
• bone grafts
– replaces missing bone
• dental implants
Symptoms of Loose Teeth
If you discover that you have any of the following symptoms of loose teeth, contact us immediately:
• receding gums
• bleeding gums
• sore or inflamed gums
• pus around teeth
• difficulty chewing
• bite feels uneven
Prevention of Gum Disease
Loose or shifting teeth that have been caused by traumatic injury, such as a fall or car accident, obviously cannot be prevented. However, extra precaution can be taken with a mouthguard to be used when involved in activities like high contact sports.
The best prevention of gum disease is to maintain regular dental exams
and practice daily, thorough, home dental care. In addition, a balanced diet and active lifestyle boosts the immune system, and the stronger it is, the less of a chance you have for infection. The elimination of bad habits, like smoking, will also help to lower the chances of gum disease
Loose or shifting teeth can be a sign that you have gum disease. If you notice symptoms of loose teeth, contact the office of Dr. Greenberg, dentist in Wallingford.