1. Did You Suffer an Impact Injury?
One of the most common causes of loose teeth is impact injuries. Our teeth are bones and are also susceptible to breakage, like any other bone in the body. If you hit your teeth on a hard surface, this can jar them loose from where they sit in the lining of the gums. In some cases the tooth can be saved, yet in some other cases it may have to be splinted or extracted.
2. You Might Have Gum Disease
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and tooth decay, as well as loose teeth worldwide. It is estimated that around 80% of people have some form of gum disease or another. Bacteria in the gums can infect a tooth and cause it to become loose.
If left untreated, you could be placing your oral health and overall health at dire risk. It is very important that you see a dentist as soon as possible if you have loose teeth so that you can find out what is going on and remedy the situation.
3. You May Have a Cracked Tooth
A cracked tooth can cause loose teeth. If a tooth suffers an impact injury it can become cracked or fractured, exposing the pulp, nerve and dentin inside of the tooth. Over time, bacteria will attack and infect this crack or facture in the tooth. Once the tooth becomes infected that can spread to the nerve and the root, and cause the tooth to become loose in the mouth.
4. You Might Have an Infected Tooth
An infected tooth is a common cause of loose teeth. Sometimes bacteria attack the nerves, root and pulp of a tooth, causing it to die. When this happens, the body may sometimes try to naturally push the tooth out to relieve the infection. In many cases the infection can be treated and the loose tooth can be saved.
Common Treatments for Loose Teeth
There are some common treatments for loose teeth. In many cases, if loose teeth are caused by impact injury or gum disease, you can seek oral treatment for them that won’t require the extraction of the tooth. Sometimes the loose tooth will heal on its own from an impact injury as the gums heal.
In other cases, a dentist may apply a tooth splint to the tooth to keep it from moving around. A dentist may also prescribe to you oral antibiotics if the tooth is infected or the gums are infected. If the tooth is cracked or fractured, they may extract the tooth and repair it with a crown.
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