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28

Are Your Adult Teeth Getting Loose? What it Means and What You Should Do

Posted in Periodontics

Many people believe that losing teeth is a natural part aging. That’s actually not true. The main process that leads to tooth loss is an entirely avoidable one.

Periodontitis – The Leading Cause of Tooth Loss 

Also known as gum disease, periodontitis is infection and inflammation in the gums and ligaments that surround tooth roots. The swelling coupled with a natural immune system response causes the tissues to break down and shrink away from the teeth. As a result, they lose the supports holding them in place. Teeth can fall out completely if the disease isn’t treated with periodontal therapy.

How Can You Treat Loose Teeth? 

There is likely plaque and tartar on your tooth roots ,which irritate your gums. The tissues can’t heal on their own until you remove the irritants. This is only possible with the help of specialized cleaning tools used in a dental office. A dental professional will clean your tooth roots to provide a smooth surface for gums to reattach to. Do not attempt to do this on your own, as permanent tooth and gum damage can occur.

Gum tissue can only re-grow to a certain point, so it won’t be as tight as it was before your teeth got loose. In some cases, bone grafts are the only way to stabilize loose teeth. If it’s too late even for a graft, then loose teeth may need to be extracted and replaced.

Prevent Adult Tooth Loss

Brushing and flossing every day will prevent germs from irritating gum tissue and can even reverse some inflammation. An antibacterial mouthwash can also help. But there are a variety of factors that determine your risk for gum disease and loose teeth, so you need to see your dentist for an evaluation if an infection is suspected.

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

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