Do you notice your teeth feeling more loose than normal? Maybe you feel them wiggling when you eat or brush, or perhaps you can actually feel and see them move within your mouth. Loose teeth is a sign that something is wrong and that you should seek professional help right away. If teeth are loose, they often won’t heal by themselves and will eventually require extraction or they may fall out. When teeth are beyond saving and have to be removed, it is often in your best interest to replace them as soon as possible with the stability of dental implants. Implants will restore the ability to bite, chew, speak, and smile with confidence, while also restoring overall oral health.
It is possible to restore your oral health and save your teeth, but it requires you know what to look for and have an experienced doctor to help. Below are some of the leading reasons why you may be experiencing loose teeth and what you can do to help.
Causes for Loose Teeth
- Gum Disease
Gum disease is one of the leading causes for tooth loss in adults. This condition affects the hard and soft tissues of the mouth, leading to the destruction of gum tissue and bone. Over time, the gums will pull away from the teeth and the bone will begin to degrade, both of which cause loose teeth. Having a dentist or doctor perform routine oral health exams is the best way to catch the disease before it gets to this extreme level.
- Bone Loss
The purpose of the jaw bone is to hold teeth in place and give us a strong and natural bite. But when a patient suffers from bone loss, whether it be from disease or an accident, the support teeth have is diminished. Receiving bone grafting treatments is the ideal solution to restore the lost bone volume.
- Gum Recession
The gums hold teeth snugly in place and work together with the bone to keep teeth from shifting or becoming damaged. Gum recession occurs when there is excessive bacteria, plaque, or tartar build up around a tooth. The gums will begin to pull away from the affected teeth and give up the firm hold it once had. Getting teeth cleaned and gum grafting treatment can help save these teeth.
- Oral Trauma
If you have been in an accident that has affected your face, teeth can become knocked loose from their sockets or the gum and bone tissue may have been damaged. While this is often outside of a patient’s control, seeking emergency dental care can potentially save their teeth.
Help! My Teeth are Falling Out!
If you’re teeth are so loose they are falling out or have already been knocked out, seeking a long-term solution is essential. Without teeth, it becomes harder and harder to bite, chew, speak, and smile. Most dentists and doctors agree that dental implants are an effective solution for missing or loose teeth and can return the mouth back to it’s healthiest state again.
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Do you need to have your loose teeth checked or missing teeth replaced? If you’re considering dental implants, we invite you to meet our experienced and friendly doctor, Dr. Nick Brand, in our office in Ocala, FL! Schedule your first appointment with us today.