Getting loose teeth when you are young is fun. It means that your tooth is going to come out, you will have a fun visit from a fairy, and you will get a bright, shiny new tooth coming in soon.
However, as an adult, that joy tends to fade. We only have one set of adult teeth, so if we notice one that is loose, this is obviously a sign that there is a problem.
You want to get in to see your dentist as soon as possible if you suspect a loose tooth. This can come following a dental trauma, as a result of gum disease, or even because of bone loss in your jaw that you may not have even known you had. The important thing is figuring out the cause with your dentist so treatment can begin before the tooth falls out.
Your dentist is going to need to do a thorough exam to see if they can determine the problem and to determine if, in fact, the tooth is loose. If they do see a loose tooth, the cause will then determine what type of treatment options you have. Sometimes the tooth can be splinted to a nearby tooth to hold it steady while it heals, while other times, the tooth may be something that is lost no matter what.
Talk to your dentist about ways of keeping your teeth safe, secure, and healthy. This will help them stay put in your mouth, where they were always meant to be. Going in and seeing your dentist, and keeping up with your oral health at home, are both going to help your teeth stay healthy longer.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (804) 554-5599 today.