As adults aren’t able to regenerate new teeth, a loose tooth can be a big cause for concern. This occurs when a tooth becomes detached from gum and bone and can be caused by several factors including disease, blunt force impact and even pregnancy. In today’s blog, we take a look at common causes of tooth loss and treatment for loose teeth in adults.

Treatment for loose teeth in adults: Causes for loose teeth

Sports injuries

If you frequently play contact sports, you may be at risk of having your teeth knocked loose. This is significantly higher if you don’t wear a mouth guard, as blunt force impact can wreak havoc on your teeth and jaw.

Gum disease

Gum disease is one of the most common causes of tooth loss in adults, which usually results from poor oral hygiene. Gum disease can quickly advance to periodontal disease if left unchecked, which can cause a series of health problems including the loss of one or more teeth. To ensure your teeth and gums are healthy, be sure to stick to a strict oral hygiene routine and have regular appointments with your dentist.

Pregnancy

Did you know pregnancy can cause you to lose teeth? As your body is experiencing a rapid change in hormones, it can temporarily loosen tissues and bones that hold your teeth in place. Pregnant women are also highly susceptible to periodontal disease, which can cause serious problems to an unborn baby if left to progress.

Grinding teeth

If you grind your teeth during your sleep, it can cause your teeth to slowly chip away. If the grinding is forceful, it can even cause teeth to shift loose in time. A night guard or splint can prevent this from occurring, as well as Botox treatment.

Vitamin deficiency

If you’re malnourished, your teeth won’t be able to get the sustenance needed to keep your teeth strong. This can result in weak or brittle teeth or cause teeth to shift loose and fall out. If you’re unsure about your diet, consult with a nutritionist to take a look at your diet.

Treatment for loose teeth in adults

Flap surgery

This option is available for patients with gum disease and can be performed depending on the severity of it. Flap surgery involves a doctor making an incision in your gum and pulling back the area to perform a root planing procedure. The tissue is then reattached afterwards to prevent tooth loss.

Bone grafting

Though a less common treatment for loose teeth in adults, bone grafting can be used to save a tooth damaged by gum disease. It works by taking fragments of bone from another area and using those fragments to support the diseased bone.

Dental implants (for total loss of tooth)

If your tooth has become loose are one or more are falling out, dental implants provide an easy solution that won’t disrupt your lifestyle. We recommend this treatment to patients who have one or a couple of teeth missing, as it’s far easier to integrate than wearing a partial denture. Dental implants or implant retained dentures are also good for reducing bone resorption, which can occur in areas where there’s no tooth root to stimulate the bone. If tooth loss is significant, a partial denture is also a good solution.

What to do if you get a loose tooth

It’s important to see a dentist as soon as you feel a tooth becoming loose to see if there’s any way to save it. If the loose tooth is caused by gum issues, fixing that problem can cause the gum to retighten around the tooth if detected early enough.

Interested to learn more?

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our article on loose teeth adult treatment. If you’ve experienced tooth loss, be sure to contact our Brisbane denture clinic team today to organise an appointment with one of our dental prosthetists. You can call us on 1300 304 092, email contact@denturehealthcare.com.au or contact us online and one of our denture specialists will be in touch shortly.

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