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Can a loose tooth be fixed?

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Having a loose adult tooth can be a worrying situation. The most common causes of loose teeth are trauma to the mouth and gum disease.

Trauma

If you suffered a loose tooth from trauma to the mouth you have two options.

Firstly if a major impact has occurred to the jaw from boxing, rugby, a car accident etc. then you should go to your dentist immediately. An assessment needs to be made on the tooth to see if any nerve damage has occurred. Trauma to the mouth can also cause chips and cracks that can be addressed by your dentist.

Secondly if the trauma was light and the tooth is slightly wobbly then you may want to wait two weeks. Teeth naturally tighten themselves back up over a short period of time. If the affected tooth does not firm -up itself then you need to make an appointment at your dentist for an examination.

Gum disease

Regular hygiene appointments will decrease the likelihood of your teeth getting loose. This way the dentist can keep your oral hygiene in check and warn you of any signs of gum disease. If you have contracted periodontal disease your tooth may not just go loose but fall out. Look out for the signs of gum disease below:

  • Swollen gums.
  • Red colouring of the gum.
  • White colouring of the gum.
  • Bleeding gums.
  • Gum abscesses or pus that collects under your gum.

Apart from preventing loose teeth with good oral hygiene, your tooth could possibly be re-set if it becomes wobbly. One way this can be done is by using a splint to secure loose teeth. The method consists of tethering the dislodging tooth to a neighbouring anchored tooth by using a strong adhesive resin.

After the procedure the joined teeth will need extra attention and inspection when brushing and flossing.

In any case, If in doubt- speak to your dentist.

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Last Updated: 16th November 2017 - 6:37 am

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