When you clench your teeth, you can feel a subtle movement. This is because your teeth are supported by connective tissue and bone which naturally provide slight flexibility. Loose or shifting teeth, however, are quite different and are a serious symptom that should never be ignored. If your teeth can be rocked back and forth, schedule a consultation with Dr. John V. Louis to save your loose teeth in Easton, MD. Factors that may contribute to loose or shifting teeth include the following:
- Gum disease
- Bite misalignment
The Leading Cause of Loose Teeth
If the tissue surrounding your loose tooth is bleeding, red, or swollen, you may have gum disease. Gum disease, a progressive oral infection, is the leading cause of loose teeth. Gum disease occurs when the bacteria in your mouth infect the gum tissue, destroying connective tissue and bone. Symptoms of gum disease include tooth sensitivity, bleeding or swollen gums, gum recession, bad breath, and loose teeth. Without treatment, tooth and further bone loss will likely follow.
Treatments Associated With Loose Teeth
First, your gum disease must be treated, which may occur with laser gum surgery. Bacteria must be controlled and any infected tissue removed before additional treatments can be performed. Recommended treatments to address loose teeth may include:
- Gum grafting procedures to restore eroding gum lines
- Bone grafting surgery to augment bone volume lost to periodontal disease
- Extractions may be necessary, if the teeth cannot be saved due to prolonged neglect
- Dental implants can replace missing teeth, allowing you to maintain your appearance and chewing function
If you have been previously diagnosed with gum disease, routine periodontal maintenance can help you maintain the health of your teeth and gums, often preventing the need for extensive dental treatment. Dr. Louis can monitor your gums for signs of infection before damage can occur.
Regardless of the cause, loose teeth should always be evaluated. To schedule your consultation in Easton, MD, contact Dr. Louis today.