Teeth are lost and they grow back over the course of your childhood.
This continues to happen so until you have lost all your baby teeth, which by the way are also known as “milk teeth”, and have grown adult or permeant teeth in each of the tooth’s respective places.
Keeping your teeth healthy should be incorporated into your daily routine as it is not so hard to do so.
Simple brushing, flossing, mouth wash, and regular dental checkups will last you long healthy non-problematic oral hygiene and teeth.
However, in some time of your life, you may begin to notice that your teeth seem to be wiggly which is particularly noticeable when you are brushing your teeth or eating.
It can be alarming as your first thought would be that you are about to lose your teeth as you did in your childhood.
How your tooth would get all wiggly and wobbly back then. Later, after a few days you would be happily putting the teeth away under your pillow, all so very excited for the tooth fairy visit, who would replace the tooth with a dollar!
Well, do not freak out!
It is not necessary that you definitely will be losing your teeth or that you will be needing to attach a synthetic tooth as a replacement for the permeant tooth.
Plus, anyways thinking that you might be losing all your teeth at once does seem kind of dumb. Don’t you think?
But worry not!
I will surely take you through the steps so together we can get to the core of why your permeant teeth are wiggly or “loose”.
By the way, do you think yellow teeth are healthy?
Make sure you also check out, are teeth supposed to be white as well.
What are “Loose Teeth”?
Loose teeth occur when a tooth loses support and slowly detaches from the gums and bone.
Basically, your periodontal ligaments that hold the teeth in their place have weakened.
You may notice some “space” between the gums and your teeth while brushing or eating or even while looking at them in the mirror.
Are they supposed to be loose?
To begin, in childhood yes, it is typical to have loose teeth and are not much of a concern as compared to in adult life.
However, if you experience loose teeth after adolescence, then it might be concerning, as it should not be a normal occurrence.
Although, there are chances that the loose teeth occurrence may be totally harmless.
Symptoms of loose teeth
If you have developed loose teeth, then here are some more symptoms other than noticing some space between the gums and teeth that you need to look out for!
- bleeding gums
- swollen gums
- red gums
- whitening of the gums
- gum abscesses or pus
these symptoms should be looked out for because they can indicate an underlying health disease.
Causes of loose teeth
As we age, our bone structure, jawline, and teeth begin to change due to the aging process.
Adult teeth can feel loose for various reasons,
The possibilities of the reasons are categorized as follows:
Underlying medical issues
This is also known as Gingivitis.
Gum disease is a result of poor dental hygiene.
Often a loose tooth exists because of advanced gum disease.
This is when a bacterial infection attacks the gums, tissues, and the surrounding bones.
This oral health condition is caused by inadequate brushing and flossing habits and is the most common cause of loose teeth and tooth loss.
When plaque forms on teeth and settles into the space underneath your gums, it hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional.
When this happens, bacteria from plaque causes gums to inflame and recede. Recession can lead to bone and ligament loss and results in loose teeth.
Luckily, this disease is treatable, if caught early. The infection can be killed, and this will restore the health of your teeth.
However, if it is left untreated then it can lead to serious bone and gum deterioration as the infection can destroy the gum tissue and damage the periodontal ligaments that are hi=holding your tooth in their place.
As a habit of stress release, people develop the habit of grinding their teeth or clenching them really tight.
This habit is known as bruxism.
People often do it unconsciously.
This eventually damages the teeth by stretching your periodontal ligaments and making them lose.
This also causes other complications like facial pain and headaches.
an injury to the face or mouth like an athletic fall or a hit on your mouth can also cause loose teeth.
When an impact or other oral trauma occurs, the small periodontal ligaments that hold your tooth roots in place can stretch.
Each tooth has thousands of these ligaments lined up all around the root, much like the springs around a trampoline.
When these become stretched, the tooth can begin to feel loose.
However, you have 2 scenarios for this category:
MAJOR IMPACT: that might have occurred to the jaw from boxing, a car accident, or a fall.
LIGHT IMPACT: The tooth is slightly wobbly then you may want to wait two weeks.
During pregnancy, your teeth can be affected by the higher levels of estrogen and progesterone present in your body, as these hormones cause loose teeth
This is a temporary occurrence and will normalize after you have given birth.
Unfortunately, there is a gum disease that can be formed during pregnancy and can lead to premature delivery if it is not treated on time.
So proper and regular checks should be done if you are pregnant so any gum disease that has been developing or has started to develop is caught early and is treated accordingly.
If you have osteoporosis, then this could be the cause of your loose teeth.
Osteoporosis is the weakening of your bones and it results in loss of bone density.
So, when the bone density around your jaw is lost, then your teeth can loosen.
it’s important that you speak with your dentist as soon as you begin to notice any one of these changes that I have listed down for you, in order to determine the cause of this sensation.
How are loose teeth treated?
There are various ways for loose teeth to be treated, but it is imperative that you visit your dentist to see what the cause is, and which treatment is right for you.
The treatment you receive for your loose teeth will fully depend on the cause of it
This is one of the most common methods of treating loose teeth.
the initial steps would require giving your loose teeth or loose tooth some extra support so it can be stabilized.
This process is known as splinting. The process involves placing a small flexible splint in a fixed position, so this further stops the teeth from moving.
Dental cement is then used to bond the splits on each side of the teeth to fully anchor it in the desired position.
This allows the gums and ligaments to strengthen around the teeth until they are ready to hold the teeth firmly in its place again.
The split is worn for about two to three weeks or until the promising results are seen.
TEETH GRINDING. /BRUXISM
A special mouthguard will be given to you to wear at night, in your mouth, and sleep.
This helps in cushioning of your teeth and prevents you from unconsciously clenching your teeth during your sleep.
Instead, your teeth could simply just glide on the smooth material of the mouth guard and prevent you from causing any harm to your periodontal ligaments.
For gum disease the treatments maybe a little more complicated, time taking and extensive.
There would be multiple appointments and the procedure would begin in sections.
SCALING AND ROOT PLANING
This is a type of deep cleaning procedure that can treat and help to reverse gum disease
You may then also be given a certain antibiotic to prevent any plaque or tartar buildup and help in reducing further infections.
You may need further assistance if your periodontal pockets are very deep.
They may be having to be filled with a special medication that is designed to shrink them back to their normal size.
Gum disease can be prevented if you treat gingivitis properly.
Practicing good oral hygiene habits at home like regular brushing and flossing and getting your teeth professionally cleaned can help prevent loose teeth and stop gingivitis in its tracks.
Other treatments for gum diseases
This surgery requires making incisions in your gums and that pulls back the gum tissue to perform a scaling and root planing procedure.
Gum tissue is reattached after the procedure
In cases of bone deterioration, your doctor takes fragments of bone from another area of your body or use a special bone grafting material to repair diseased bone in your mouth.
This procedure reshapes the biting surface of the tooth by removing small amounts of tooth enamel.
This reduces pressure on the tooth, allowing it to heal. This is an option for a loose tooth caused by grinding.
This removes inflamed gum tissue and bone that has been damaged by gum disease.
SOFT TISSUE GRAFTS
This grafting can prevent further gum or tooth loss in people with gum disease
Osteoporosis affects more women than men especially those who are menopausal. A healthy lifestyle that includes high amounts of Vitamin D and calcium and seeing your dentist for regular exams is often necessary to help strengthen your bones and prevent tooth loss.
Since this category has two scenarios, we will go through what should be done and what will happen in both the scenarios:
- In the first scenario, when a major impact has occurred, 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.
- In the second scenario if the trauma or the impact was light then, Teeth will naturally tighten themselves back up over a short period of time, if left untouched while it’s healing.
If the affected tooth does not firm up itself then you need to make an appointment at your dentist for an examination.
Without the correct treatment from your dentist, however, the loose tooth might not be able to heal itself and may remain loose or even become wobblier.
Not all teeth require the same treatment, so to be sure it is best to consult a dental specialist.
How to prevent loose teeth from occurring?
Loose teeth cannot always be prevented, but most of it can be treated easily and reversed.
However, it is best for a person to take steps to reduce the risk.
So here are a few tips for tooth and gum health that I have summarized for you:
- brushing the teeth thoroughly twice a day
- flossing once a day
- refraining from smoking
- Using antibiotic mouthwash to disinfect the mouth and help infected gums to heal
- going to regular dental checkups
- wearing a properly fitted mouthguard while playing sports
- wearing a bite splint when nighttime grinding or clenching is an issue
- keeping diabetes under control, as diabetes is a risk factor for gum disease
- being aware of medications that may affect the teeth
- regenerative treatment to help your body regenerate lost bone and tissue
- eating a well-balanced diet high in Vitamin D and calcium
- performing regular physical activities to strengthen your bones
- Avoiding consuming alcoholic drinks
What to do if my premature loose teeth fall out?
If a loose tooth falls out, you may need to see a periodontist, a doctor who specializes in the mouth’s gums and bones.
You will first have to act quickly because your best chance of saving the tooth is to rinse it gently with water or saliva and immediately press it back into its socket.
You need to be careful and be sure not to touch the root portion with your fingers.
You should bite down gently with gauze to keep it in place and you should immediately schedule an emergency appointment with your dentist.
If you fail to act so quick or did not have the knowledge about this or if your tooth is beyond saving, then a tooth extraction is a necessary step.
You do not need to worry because the procedures are pretty common and nothing too serious.
A DENTAL IMPLANT
This involves an artificial tooth and root, which is connected to the jawbone.
A DENTAL BRIDGE
This type of crown fits over the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. The result is a bridge between two healthy teeth, connected by a prosthetic, or artificial, tooth in the place of the one that is missing.
While these options are effective, it is essential to treat the underlying cause of tooth loss and take any other steps needed to prevent further damage.
Will an adult tooth grow back?
No. adult teeth are permeant teeth and they do not grow back once they are lost.
However, if you have lost a permanent tooth, your best bet is to save the tooth and bring it along to the dentist, because then there is a good chance they can repair or replace it.
But this should be done immediately.
Alternatively, they can have a tooth implant placed instead.
For an adult, a loose tooth can be alarming. as it can eventually detach itself from the gums and fall out if left untreated for longer periods of time.
However, the tooth can sometimes be saved, especially when the problem is detected early.
If a tooth is lost or must be removed, a number of restorative methods are available.
Practicing good oral hygiene is guaranteed to prevent loose teeth and any sorts of gum diseases.