Baby teeth are temporary, so when they begin falling out to make room for our permanent teeth, it can be an exciting right of passage, so to speak. But if permanent teeth become loose, it can be alarming because they are designed to last a lifetime. There are different factors that can lead to a loose tooth, or teeth, in an adult so regular dental visits are vital to maintaining oral health. At C R Dental Group (RDG), located in Dallas, Texas, our doctors believe in the value of regular dental visits and building relationships with their patients. That allows them to be an ally in protecting the oral, and subsequently, the overall well-being of their patients.
The Six Main Causes of Loose Teeth
Gum Disease: Also known as periodontitis. When hardened plaque, commonly called tartar, causes the gum to pull away from the teeth, gaps can be created and become infected. Left untreated, this process can break down the bone and tissue causing a tooth to become loose.
*The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States report that half of the country’s adults aged 30 or older have gum disease. Other signs of (this) disease include:
- gums that are tender, red, painful, or swollen
- gums that bleed when the teeth are brushed
- gum recession
- changes in the way the teeth fit together
Pregnancy: Due to raised levels of estrogen and progesterone, the bones and tissue in the mouth can be affected. Although no cause for concern, as these changes will resolve after pregnancy, regular dental visits should be maintained.
*It is safe for pregnant women to have dental checkups, cleanings, and x-rays, according to the American Dental Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Osteoporosis: A disease that causes the bones to become weak and porous, it can damage the bones in the jaw that support the teeth.
*If the jaw bones become less dense, the teeth may loosen and fall out. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the U.S. also report a possible link between bone loss and an increased risk of gum disease.
Injury to the teeth: While healthy teeth are strong, a blow from an injury, such as a fall or car accident, can damage teeth and surrounding tissue. If or when such an occasion occurs you should see a dentist immediately. The sooner treatment can be received, the more likely a tooth can be saved.
Clenching or Grinding: Because we cannot avoid all stress, there may be times when we clench or grind our teeth. But for some, it is a regular occurrence brought on by additional factors. Over time this can wear down the gum tissue and loosen teeth. People are often unaware of their clinching or grinding habits until they have jaw pain. It is important to see your dentist who may need to fit you with a customized appliance to alleviate the pressures of these behaviors and save your teeth.
Dr. James Reisman and Dr. Jordana Contrucci at RDG encourage patients to establish good oral hygiene habits at home and see their dentist at least twice a year. In the case a tooth is lost or must be removed, our skilled dentists offer a number of restorative treatment options that can give the appearance of a natural tooth. Early diagnosis and treatment can usually prevent the loss of teeth and spare you from costly or time-consuming treatment down the road.