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Do You Have Loose Teeth? Treat the Symptom and the Cause

June 28, 2017

Do You Have Loose Teeth? Treat the Symptom and the Cause

If you’re an adult suffering from loose teeth then you’re likely concerned – and for good reason. Unlike children’s teen, adult teeth should not ever be loose. If they are, then it’s a sure sign that there’s something wrong. The good news is that there are treatments. The bad news is that if you wait too long to treat the issues, they can lead to permanent bone loss or tooth loss.

As a result, we recommend that you visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and exam. Between appointments, if you notice that a tooth is loose then you should not hesitate to call California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 to make an appointment. Read on to learn more about the potential reasons for a loose tooth – and what you may be able to do about it – and then call us to set up your appointment.

There are many potential causes of loose teeth

One of the most common causes of loose teeth is issues with your bite. Known as occlusal trauma – which is essentially Latin for bite trauma – this can be caused by excessive force put on your teeth and jaws. For example, if you regularly clench or grind your teeth. These issues can be treated by getting you a custom-made mouth guard to prevent damage.

Gum disease is another common cause of loose teeth. If you have gum disease, something as normal as chewing or biting can cause your teeth to loosen. This is because gum disease can result in bone loss, and when bone is lost the teeth may no longer be adequately attached. In some cases, loose teeth can be a result of both bone loss and excessive force.

There are solutions to gum disease

If your loose teeth are caused by gum disease, then we can help you. The right strategy for you will depend on a variety of issues but you can trust California Dental Group to look closely at your case and decide on a course of action that will both resolve the issue today and help prevent it from reoccurring.

Other solutions for loose teeth

Other measures to address loose teeth include reshaping your biting surfaces via selecting grinding. Another option is splinting, which joins your teeth together and makes them more rigid. The result is a redistributed biting force along several teeth. We can do this with material that’s added to the outside of your teeth or via a metal splint that’s attached within a channel cut into your teeth. A more permanent option is to install a series of crowns and fuse them together.

Orthodontics are a more complex option but they can help in many cases. Not only do they help you improve your bite and reduce bite forces, but they can boost the health of your gums as well.

The first step is a through exam

The first thing to do is to contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 for an appointment. We will get you in as soon as possible and complete a thorough exam to find the reason for your loose teeth. Call today to take the first step toward a solution.

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