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As children get older, they begin to lose their baby teeth and form what we call our “adult teeth”, which should last you the rest of your life. However, that’s quite the goal to have, considering the amount of work that teeth go through each day. 

Even if you’re keeping up with your daily oral health routine, such as brushing and flossing, it doesn’t prevent the possibility of a tooth feeling loose. If you’re experiencing one or more loose teeth, it could be a sign that something more serious is happening. You should see a dentist as soon as possible to avoid the risk of losing your tooth for good. 

We’ll go over possibilities as to why your tooth is loose and what you need to do:

Why Is My Tooth Loose?

There’s always a reason why your permanent tooth has become loose, as it doesn’t happen without cause. You might begin to notice looseness when brushing or flossing or during a check-up at the dentist. 

There may be a wide variety of reasons why it’s loose, such as:

Gum Disease

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. When you aren’t keeping up with routine dental cleanings, or oral health practices, it can lead to tartar and bacteria build-up. The build-up under your gums can cause infections and, in some cases, can lead to your gums pulling away from your teeth which causes them to come loose. Luckily, gum disease is treatable and preventable.

Injury 

In some cases, an injury to the teeth can be brought on by being struck in the face. It is one of the most common ways to break or chip a tooth. An injured tooth can also be self-inflicted; according to Healthline, unconsciously grinding or clenching your teeth can cause damage, as well as loosen teeth. 

Pregnancy 

During pregnancy, hormone levels go through several changes which can affect the periodontium. Pregnant women may notice that their teeth feel loose, as the periodontium is the area in the mouth that supports teeth and holds them in place. 

What To Do Next? 

Make an Appointment 

Once you have clarified why the tooth may be loose, inspect the area closely to ensure there aren’t any damages. Call your dentist and make an appointment as soon as possible if the looseness of the tooth is extreme. The last thing you want is for your tooth to fall out unexpectedly.

Once you have an appointment booked, your dentist will be able to see if there are other reasons why your tooth has become loose. They will also recommend the appropriate treatment moving forward.

Treatment 

Treatment surrounding a loose tooth will depend on the condition that created it. Treatment options for a loose tooth may include:

  • Dental splints
  • Bone grafts
  • Gum grafts
  • Removal of damaged/inflamed tissue
  • Flap surgery
  • Scaling and root planing for gum disease treatment 
  • A mouthguard to combat teeth grinding while sleeping

If one or more of your permanent teeth feel loose, it’s time to call an emergency dentist in Edmonton. Whether you’re dealing with toothaches, gum disease, cracked or broken teeth, or requiring emergency dental services, we are here to look after you. Call and make an appointment with us today. You may walk in with a dental issue, but you’ll walk out with a smile on your face.