When they are properly cared for, adult teeth can last a lifetime. If you get a loose adult tooth, it is a sign that something is going on, and you should call us at David Rice DDS in Elgin IL right away.
There are a number of reasons why a permanent, adult tooth can become loose; some more serious than others.
- Pregnancy: Higher-than-usual levels of progesterone and estrogen during pregnancy can result in a loose tooth. The ligaments and bone holding a tooth in place can actually loosen. It’s usually temporary, but don’t assume it is.
- Osteoporosis: Our bones can become less dense as we age: not just the jaw, but throughout the body. If it happens in the jaw then teeth can become loose. It can happen to men and women, but is more common in women.
- Trauma: An impact from a collision ñ in an auto accident or playing sports, for example ñ can result in one or more loose teeth. Teeth grinding can also be enough force to loosen teeth. Any injury to the mouth might cause this, and should be considered a dental emergency.
- Gum Disease: Often the result of poor dental hygiene and the buildup of plaque and tartar, gum disease can be painful and can lead to loose teeth, and even tooth loss. It can be treated, but the sooner it is diagnosed, the better the chances of a successful outcome.
All of these issues should be taken seriously. If you notice any of them, seek help immediately. At David Rice DDS in Elgin IL, we offer restorative dentistry, gum disease treatment, and so much more! Satisfied patients come to us from Bartlet, South Elgin, and Wayne. Request an appointment today.