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Noticed Your Tooth Is Loose But Still Attached? Do This ASAP

Noticed Your Tooth Is Loose But Still Attached

As children, discovering a loose tooth meant the excitement of going to bed in hopes of an imminent visit from the tooth fairy and the monetary gifts she would bring. However, finding a tooth still attached, but loose, as an adult has quite the opposite effect, as this is often indicative of a number of oral health problems. Today we’ll be looking at some of the main reasons for loose teeth in adults, and more importantly, the immediate steps you should take, and why the first one is to contact your dentist.

Why Is My Adult Tooth Loose, But Still Attached? 5 Possible Reasons

1. Injury/Trauma.

Injuries from falls, sports, or traffic incidents can damage the jaw, tooth or surrounding gums, potentially causing enough pressure to shift your tooth from its natural position, or loosen the existing attachments.

2. Teeth Grinding (Bruxism).

Teeth grinding, whether it’s at night or during periods of intense stress, can place a significant amount of pressure on your teeth. This habit can stretch out your periodontal ligaments, leaving the tooth still attached, but loose and wobbly.

3. Gum Disease.

When plaque isn’t removed from your teeth, it hardens into tartar over time, causing the gums to become inflamed and pull away from the teeth – a condition known as gingivitis. If this is left untreated, the inflammation can lead to infection and gum disease.

While gum disease is responsible for around 70% of tooth loss, it’s not directly responsible for loose teeth. Rather, it’s the progression of gum disease into periodontitis that can break down the periodontal ligaments and alveolar bone that anchor the teeth in place. When these supporting structures break down, this is why adult teeth become loose but remain attached.

4. Hormonal Changes From Pregnancy or Menopause.

Hormonal changes, especially during significant life events like pregnancy and menopause, can directly influence bone metabolism, which impacts the health and stability of your adult teeth.

a. During pregnancy, your body experiences a surge in progesterone levels, particularly during the luteal phase (latter part of the menstrual cycle). These high levels can impede the synthesis of collagen, a crucial protein that supports your periodontal ligaments. Without the collagen, the ligaments become weak, unable to repair and regenerate effectively, leading to adult teeth that are loose but still attached in their sockets.

b. With menopause, the hormone estrogen, which plays a vital role in bone health, declines. An estrogen deficiency can accelerate bone loss in the alveolar bone – the ridge that contains your teeth sockets.

5. Osteoporosis.

With osteoporosis, the jawbone loses density and mineral content, weakening the support for your teeth’s roots. This can compromise the periodontal ligaments, resulting in increased tooth mobility, making adult teeth feel loose but remain attached to the bone.

Immediate Steps To Take With A Loose Adult Tooth That’s Still Attached

1. If you notice that your adult tooth is loose but still attached, the first step is to resist touching or pulling on it. Leave it alone, and schedule an appointment with us here at Spring Haven Dental. We want to address the underlying cause of the loose tooth, before there’s any danger of damage to the root and surrounding gums.

2. The next step is to keep the tooth clean and gums clean by using a soft-bristled toothbrush, and floss very carefully to avoid putting extra pressure on the tooth. Rinse with a warm saltwater solution to reduce any inflammation and bacteria present.

3. Avoid eating hard to sticky foods that might exacerbate the tooth’s condition. Opt for softer foods like smoothies, yogurt, and soft fruits, that are easier to chew and won’t put additional pressure on the tooth.

How Can Spring Haven Dental Help?

While discovering a loose adult tooth that’s still attached can be alarming, booking in with us here at Spring Haven Dental ASAP, gives us and you the best chance at restoring and preserving your smile. Our team offers solutions like professional deep cleanings to fight gum disease, custom night guards for bruxism, and surgical options like soft tissue grafts to help stabilize your teeth.

Don’t let a loose tooth become a bigger problem – call us today at (813) 448-6885 or book your appointment online for a comprehensive exam and personalized treatment plan to get your smile healthy and strong again.

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