Why do I have an Adult Loose Tooth?

A loose tooth is one which moves or wiggles in the mouth. As a natural stage of dental development, children have loose baby teeth when their adult teeth are growing in. A loose tooth in an adult is not normal and indicates an existing problem.

What causes a Loose Tooth?

A loose tooth can be caused by the loss of bone around the tooth (“periodontal disease”), a broken root of the tooth (trauma) or a widened space between the root and the bone that the tooth sits in (infection or long-term stress).

Who is at high risk for a Loose Tooth?

Some people are more susceptible than others to having a loose tooth. The people at high risk for having a loose tooth are those with:

  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • An unbalanced bite
  • Excessive bite forces
  • Traumatic injuries to teeth
  • Infections around teeth

What can I do to minimize my risk of a Loose Tooth in the future?

Your dentist will make recommendations to manage the specific loose tooth risk factors that apply to you. Here are some things that may be recommended:

  • Periodontal management procedures
  • “Equilibrating” or balancing your bite
  • Wearing a night guard
  • Wearing a sports guard
  • Treating any infections associated with your teeth

What will happen if I choose to do nothing about my Loose Tooth?

Most often, a loose tooth will become progressively looser and eventually fall out. This process is frequently accompanied by pain and infection.

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