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If an Adult Has a Loose Tooth, What Can be Done About It?

December 24, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drnguyen @ 2:10 am

man looking at loose tooth in mirrorIn your early years, having a loose tooth was welcomed, for it was a sign that you would soon be losing it, which is part of a child’s normal developmental process. As an adult, being in the same situation can be worrisome. That’s because it’s typically the result of either a sudden or long-developing problem. As you continue reading, you’ll learn what causes this to happen, how a dentist can treat it and what can be done to prevent tooth loss in Murphy.

The Typical Causes of Adult Loose Teeth

There can be several contributors to adults having loose teeth. Some of them are listed below:

  • Plaque buildup that has caused gum recession, which is when the gums move away from the tooth roots
  • Osteoporosis (holes in the bone structure) that has caused the jawbone to weaken and leave the teeth loose
  • Sudden impact to the face from a collision or fall that unseats the tooth from the ligaments and underlying bone

If you notice a loose tooth, it definitely shouldn’t be ignored. The sooner you bring it to a dentist’s attention, the better your chances are of saving the tooth.

Treatment for a Loose Tooth

Once you’re examined by a dentist, a plan of action can be developed to address your loose tooth. While you’re waiting to be seen, though, you should avoid pushing, pulling or maneuvering the tooth. It’s also best to avoid any activity on that side of your mouth.

If acute oral bacteria growth is the source of your problem, then a dentist may recommend a deep cleaning to clear away plaque beneath the gum line and along the roots of your teeth. In other cases, the dentist may need to perform a tooth splinting, which is similar to placing a cast on a broken bone in other parts of your body. Then, he or she can bond the injured ivory to the surrounding teeth.

Again, ignoring a loose tooth could result in the damage becoming so extensive that the only option is to have it extracted.

Tips for Preventing Loose Teeth

If you’re involved in sports, there is always a chance of a sudden collision. To protect yourself, it’s worthwhile to invest in a custom mouthguard from a dentist. Thus, if you receive any impact to your face, it can be better absorbed to prevent an injury.

It’s also important to maintain excellent oral hygiene, which should always include brushing and flossing at least two times a day. Your efforts to clean your teeth, though, can be squandered if you chew or smoke tobacco, as the side effects can be devastating to your teeth and gums.

One of the simplest steps you can take to protect your oral health is to maintain regular visits to your dentist for checkups and cleanings. Thus, if there are any budding issues that could eventually compromise your dental wellness, they can be swiftly addressed.

By being proactive today, you can enjoy healthier teeth and gums tomorrow!

About the Author

Dr. Jacquie Nguyen is a graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry. Throughout a career that has spanned over two decades, she has remained steadfast in her efforts to provide her patients with the absolute best in care. Thus, Dr. Nguyen maintains professional affiliation with the Texas Dental Association and other organizations. She helps her patients recover from and prevent dental emergencies at Murphy Family Dentistry, and she can be reached for more information through her website.

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