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Why is My Tooth Loose and What Can I Do About It?
May 07, 2015  |  Gilbertarizonadental

Why is My Tooth Loose and What Can I Do About It?

Having a loose tooth as a kid is great, but as an adult, it’s not. Chances are you won’t get a quarter from the tooth fairy for it. You don’t know why you have a loose tooth and what to do about it. No worries though, the answers are here.

Reasons for a Loose Tooth

• Injury to Teeth: If you have recently experienced an injury to your mouth, then that may be why your tooth is loose. The periodontal ligaments which hold the tooth root in place can be stretched if hit by a force.

• Gingivitis or Periodontal Disease: Gum disease is the most common reason for loose teeth in adults. Plaque that gets under the gum line can infect gum tissue, including the periodontal ligaments that hold your teeth roots.

• Grinding Teeth: The periodontal ligaments can also be stretched if you clench or grind your teeth. But what if you don’t grind your teeth? You may actually be doing it in your sleep.

Treatments for Loose Teeth

• If your tooth is only a little loose, then avoid playing with it or chewing on it. Also try eating softer foods for a couple of days. The periodontal ligaments may be able to tighten on their own. However, if it’s still loose after several days, then see your dentist.

• Teeth loosened through injury can be treated with splinting. A small, flexible splint stabilizes the tooth so periodontal ligaments have the chance to heal. A dentist will cement the splint to both sides of the tooth and leave it there for a couple of weeks.

• You may have to go through multiple treatments with your dentist to heal gum disease. The treatments involve deep cleaning, dental scaling, and root planning.

• To control tooth clenching/grinding at night, a dentist will give you a mouth guard. The guard stops clenching by cushioning the mouth and grinding damage with its smooth surface.