Loose Teeth Could Be A Sign of A More Serious Underlying Dental Problem
Loose or shifting teeth can be a warning sign of a bigger problem associated with your oral health. If you are noticing that your teeth are becoming loose or are moving easily, set up an appointment with Dr. Codelli at Solid City Smiles in Atlanta, GA for an oral evaluation as soon as possible. Loose teeth can be a sign of gum disease and other oral health problems that may lead to tooth loss and irreversible damage of the supporting structure and bone.
Causes of Loose Teeth
Loose teeth can be a result of injury or trauma to the mouth, but are also a result of progressing gum disease also known as periodontitis. When you have a bacterial infection in your mouth, you are at risk for developing periodontal disease that will cause loss of attachment structure and also destroy bone and gum tissue around the teeth. When there is not enough supportive structure to keep your teeth in place, your teeth will become loose and eventually fall out. Loose teeth can also be a side effect of underlying health conditions that make you predisposed to developing periodontal disease.
Signs and Symptoms
Some of the signs and symptoms associated with loose teeth include:
- Sore or inflamed gums
- Bleeding gums
- Pus buildup around the tooth
- Food getting stuck between the teeth or under the gums
- Gum recession
These symptoms are signs of an active infection of the mouth that indicates severe gum disease also known as periodontitis. The early stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, is reversible, so it is critical that you get the treatment you need as early as possible.
Preventing Loose Teeth
The best way to avoid losing your teeth is to practice good oral hygiene and make sure you are getting the treatment you need for any systemic diseases and conditions that may be affecting your oral health. Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet and exercising regularly can boost your immune system and keep many diseases at bay.
Take the time to brush and floss your teeth regularly and use proper brushing and flossing techniques. In some cases, your doctor may recommend nutritional supplementation and essential oils to manage periodontitis.
Loose Teeth and Treatment Options
Conventional therapies for treating gum disease and avoiding loose teeth at our office include:
- Deep Cleanings
- Antibiotic therapy
- Bone grafts
- Gingival grafts
- Tooth replacement with dental implants
It is important to remember that healthy teeth in adults should never become loose. Even slight movements are a red flag you may have periodontitis.