Loose adult teeth occur more often than many of us realize and often come with plenty of fear and anxiety. The good news is that a loose tooth doesn’t mean losing your teeth; in many cases, your dentist can save them, but it’s unlikely to get better on its own.
Your jaw bone keeps each tooth secure in its socket, which is why it’s important that this bone doesn’t become exposed to bacteria as infection may set in causing damage and, potentially, tooth loss. Your gums provide a protective barrier between the bone and the plaque bacteria in your mouth.
We treat lose teeth for various reasons
Your dentist has several options for treating a loose tooth depending on the cause.
If you have gum disease, you’ll need special dental cleaning procedure to remove hardened plaque that has accumulated underneath your teeth and gums. This is called scaling and root planing. Regular hygiene appointments will decrease the likelihood of your teeth getting loose. This way the dentist can keep your oral hygiene in check and warn you of any signs of gum disease.
Periodontal disease can contribute to heart disease, stroke, full-body infections and premature births. The first step is to control the infection, and in some cases, this may require placing antibiotics right under the gum.
A bone graft involves pulling the gums away from the teeth so that the roots can be cleaned and any pockets filled. The filling consists of a bone graft made from a person’s own bone and tissues whenever possible. The gums are then sutured, and healing takes place
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