Do your teeth move when you chew?
Can you wiggle them with your finger?
A loose adult tooth can seem like a minor issue. However, a loose adult tooth is often a sign of a serious gum infection. When the gums get infected, it doesn’t necessarily hurt, but it does spread. The infection will grow until it gets into the bone. It eats away the bone and that is what makes the tooth loose. When a tooth become loose without any accidents, it’s usually due to a gum infection. These aggressive gum infections lead to teeth falling out. Just like when we were kids: loose teeth lead to tooth loss. It’s too bad the tooth fairy doesn’t serve adults too!
Gum infections don’t feel dangerous because they rarely hurt. However, they are incredibly risky because they can spread through the blood to the heart and brain. The fact that these infections don’t hurt initially makes them easy to ignore. Unfortunately, by the time someone arrives in my office complaining that their teeth are loose, it’s often too late to save their teeth.
Loose Teeth: Treat Infection First
The first step in treating loose adult teeth is to treat the infection by removing the infected teeth and cleaning the bone and gums. Once the bone has had time to heal, dental implants can usually replace the missing teeth as permanent stable new teeth. Don’t worry – you’ll never be without teeth. Temporary teeth allow healing to take place until you’re ready for your permanent solution.
Gum infections: from gingivitis to tooth loss.
That’s the same gingivitis that you hear about on floss commercials. When we don’t clean the bacteria out from under our gums, infection builds up and making our gums red & puffy. You know that you have gingivitis if your gums bleed when you floss.
Untreated Infected Loose Teeth IS Gum Disease.
Dentists and hygienists usually call gum disease by a bigger name: periodontal disease.
Gum disease happens when the bacteria that were causing gingivitis multiply into a larger infection that surrounds the teeth and kills the jaw bone. This infection and its side effects begin to dissolve the jaw bone that holds teeth in place.
When sufficient bone has been lost, teeth start to loosen and you, the patient, finally become aware of a problem which started years ago!
It’s not all bad news. We’ve got some good news and even some great news!
The good news is that modern dentistry is able to replace the teeth that are lost. The great news is that modern dentistry can actually prevent the teeth from being lost in the first place through regular dental cleanings, brushing & flossing!
Drumroll please! The TOP Reason people ignore loose adult teeth is…
People put off treating gum disease because doesn’t hurt until it’s bad. It doesn’t feel like it’s doing damage.Why doesn’t it hurt? Simple ? the nerves that tell our brain something is wrong are inside the teeth, not the gums. Gum disease doesn’t hurt until it’s way too late to reverse. You may read more on gum disease and loose adult teeth.
The Bad News: Periodontal Disease Is Incurable
What if we told you that nearly half of adult Americans had an incurable disease?
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