4 Reasons You Should Have a Loose Tooth Examined by a General Dentist

Normally, you would not need to visit a general dentist if your child has a loose tooth. However, as an adult or adolescent, a loose tooth is not healthy. Adults should be worried if their tooth suddenly feels loose because adult teeth are permanent and should last a lifetime.

A loose tooth can be the result of many factors, some of which are harmless. Others need the attention of a dental professional to save the tooth, extract it, or replace it with a dental implant or bridge. You should have loose permanent tooth examined promptly, and the following points will show you why you need to go to the general dentist as soon as possible.

It could be an indication of a more severe problem

In some cases, a loose tooth could indicate the advanced stage of gum diseases known as periodontitis. This condition means that the gum is inflamed and infected, and occurs typically because of poor oral hygiene. If patients do not clean plaque off the tooth, it could harden into tartar, causing the gums to pull away from the teeth and creating pockets that contain pus. As the gums start to detach from the tooth and the underlying jawbone depletes, the tooth could loosen from regular biting forces.

If the loose tooth is caused by gum disease, the first line of action is to control it. Dentists do this by cleaning away dental plaques (sheets of bacteria film and food debris) and tartar (calcified plaque). This could take multiple sessions, and if the infection is severe, it may require surgery. Osteoporosis is another disease that causes bone weakening and porosity. Visiting the dental office will allow the dentist to make the correct diagnosis of the situation and suggest appropriate treatment.

To save the tooth

Promptly visiting a dentist after noticing the loose tooth, advisably within 24 hours, may help save the tooth. If the patient has an accident, facial trauma, or bites into hard materials which cause the tooth to loosen, the dentist might be able to restore the tooth and make it more stable in its socket.

To prevent further infection

Cleaning a loose tooth will be difficult until the dentist restores it to its normal position. Before you get treatment, the loose tooth is at the risk of infection. In the case of gum disease, it could worsen rapidly and spread to the jawbone, causing bone deterioration. While waiting for the appointment, try to keep food debris away from the tooth and avoid biting on that area. Cleaning the tooth with warm water may help.

To get the best treatment

The dentist’s approach to treating a loose tooth typically depends on the cause of the loose tooth. If the tooth loosened from grinding, the dentist would create or recommend mouthguards to protect the upper and lower teeth from hard contact. Dentists may also recommend stress management, which is one of the factors for teeth grinding. Other treatments for loose teeth include bone grafts, surgery, medications, and soft tissue grafts.

In conclusion

Whatever the cause of the loose tooth, promptly visiting the general dentist will help guarantee the tooth’s survival.

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