Loose teeth are normal for children to experience, but unfortunately they are also a common occurrence in adults as well. Unlike youth losing their teeth, adult tooth mobility is a red flag signaling an existing disease or problem that can easily cause the tooth to be lost, and spread the condition to surrounding teeth.
Adults only experience tooth mobility if the gums and bone around the tooth are unhealthy. This means there is less structure securing the tooth in the mouth. Once enough attachment is lost, the tooth can come out. Each tooth shares bone structure with the adjacent tooth. If one tooth is loose, the disease from that tooth is also affecting the adjacent tooth as well. A chain reaction can occur, resulting in the loss of not just one tooth, but an entire mouth full of teeth.
Catching tooth mobility early on is the best way to prevent tooth loss in adults. Whether or not your parents lost their teeth in their 30’s or 40’s does not mean that you have to as well. However, it may mean that you are more prone to having the condition. Catching it in its earliest stages can allow you and your dentist to work as a team to prevent and reverse attachment loss around the teeth. Moderate treatment methods such as bone grafts, deep cleanings or gum grafts can help you reverse disease conditions and extend the life of your entire smile.
If you’ve noticed mobility in a tooth, see your dentist immediately. It won’t go away on its own and without treatment it will simply worsen and cause you to jeopardize other teeth as well.
Posted on Behalf of Springhill Dental Health Center
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