This is a major cause of tooth loss. It is a real problem because often there are very few signs of periodontal disease. Periodontal or gum disease affects the gum tissue and ligaments and bone surrounding your teeth. These are essential for supporting teeth. When they become damaged this can result in teeth gradually becoming loose. Eventually you may lose these teeth. Periodontal disease is caused by a bacterial infection that begins when plaque builds up on your teeth and gums. Failing to brush and floss regularly allows the plaque to harden into calculus. This contains toxins that will inflame and infect your gums. Eventually, this infection will destroy your gums and the ligaments and bone supporting your teeth.
One of the earliest signs of periodontal disease is bleeding gums, so if you develop the symptoms then please come to see us here at Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry. Periodontal disease is serious and requires urgent treatment so contact us straightaway to book your appointment.
There is an old wives tale that says you lose a tooth for every baby, and like many old wives tales, this has some elements of truth. During pregnancy levels of progesterone and estrogen both increase considerably. This increases gums sensitivity towards the toxins in plaque. As a result, your gums can become more easily inflamed and infected during pregnancy. This situation is temporary and is known as pregnancy gingivitis. However, pregnancy gingivitis may cause problems for women who already have existing signs of periodontal disease.
If you are intending to add to your family or are already pregnant, please book a dentist appointment with us as soon as you can. Our local dentist can carefully examine your mouth for any signs of disease and will assess your risk of developing pregnancy gingivitis. Keeping a close eye on your dental health during pregnancy will help keep your mouth healthy. A healthy mouth will help the health of your unborn child. While pregnancy gingivitis may not be a serious condition, periodontal disease certainly is and can lead to premature birth and low birthweight babies.
Osteoporosis can affect men and women and causes the bones to become less dense and to fracture more easily. It can also affect the bone around your teeth and if density decreases then these teeth can become loose. When you come to see us, we will want to know about any medications you may be taking, particularly for the treatment of osteoporosis. This is because these medications may affect certain dental procedures, increasing the risk of a condition called osteonecrosis. It is potentially serious and can cause loose teeth. Osteonecrosis is very rare, but it is one reason why we need to know your full medical history whenever you see our local dentist.
This is another incredibly common reason for a loose tooth. Taking a blow to the mouth can stretch the ligaments that are attached to your teeth and which help hold them in their sockets. If you do take a knock to the mouth and think you have a loose tooth then please come and see us immediately. With prompt treatment, we may be able to save the tooth.
Quite a few people will clench and grind their teeth at night which is a condition called bruxism. This can be caused by stress or may be related to a sleep disorder called sleep apnea. Bruxism may also be due to a poor bite. If your teeth don’t bite together correctly then you are more likely to grind your teeth. Unfortunately, bruxism can cause a lot of damage to teeth, and they may become loose as a result of this condition. If you think you may have bruxism or if a sleeping partner has mentioned you grind your teeth during sleep, book a dentist appointment to come and see us. It is often quite simple to treat bruxism, potentially saving you from having a loose tooth.
It’s never a good sign if you can feel one of your teeth is loose. If you think one or more of your teeth are moving around slightly, please don’t delay and come to see us as soon as you can. Our dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth. We may take dental x-rays to see the extent of any damage or infection. Once we have determined the cause of your loose tooth, we can work out the best possible treatment plan.Stabilizing a Loose Tooth
Sometimes it may be possible to stabilize a loose tooth with a process called splinting. During this procedure, a small splint will be placed onto the tooth and this is anchored to the surrounding teeth to prevent movement. This can be helpful if your loose tooth is due to the ligaments attached to the tooth having become damaged or stretched. By preventing any movement, we can give the ligaments time to heal. This will help to stabilize the tooth.
If teeth have become loose due to bruxism, we can provide you with a custom-made night guard to wear during sleep. This stops your upper and lower teeth from coming into contact with each other so you can no longer clench and grind.
Treating Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease often requires extensive treatment. We may need to deep clean your gums to help remove the infection. Antibiotics can help to clear up the infection and may be placed topically in the spaces in between your gums and teeth. Treatment for periodontal disease may be ongoing as this condition can be chronic.
Removing a Loose Tooth
We do everything possible to save natural teeth but sometimes tooth extraction may be the only available treatment. Once the tooth is removed, we can talk to you about ways to replace it either by using a partial denture, dental bridge or dental implant.
Please come to see us immediately if you think you have a loose tooth. The sooner we can provide treatment, the better the chance of saving the tooth.
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