You’re not a kid anymore, which means you shouldn’t be losing any teeth. A loose tooth can come about for any number of reasons from something as simple as a sustained injury or something a little more complex such as a gum disease or grinding of your teeth while you are asleep. Regardless of the reasons why your tooth is loose, the bottom line is that you need to have it taken care of immediately. Even the slightest amount of detectable movement could be an early warning sign of a very serious problem that needs to be addressed and corrected quickly.
But don’t worry, just because your tooth has become loose doesn’t necessarily mean you have a major amount of dental work ahead. Sometimes treating the issue early can greatly minimize the amount of intervention needed.
What to Do (and Not Do) with a Loose Tooth
So you’ve discovered one of your teeth is loose, first things first, you’re going to need to set an appointment to have it checked out. Don’t avoid going to the dentist because you think it’s temporary or that it will “get better in a day or two”. In cases like these, the problem often gets worse not better without treatment.
Be sure not to play with it either. Keep your tongue and fingers away from the affected tooth. We all have a tendency to constantly inspect any oral problems or afflictions, but this excessive attention paid to the loose tooth can actually make the problem worse. So leave it alone and don’t think of trying to yank it out on your own. That can lead to infection, excessive bleeding, and even cause the tooth to break and leave a fragment or two in the socket. This will most undoubtedly lead to further pain. Be sure not to bite into any hard food with the tooth either as it could bring about damage and more pain.
Once the dentist gets a look at the affected tooth, he or she will recommend one of the many common treatments to solve the problem. That could include tooth splinting, replacing the tooth with an implant, or a simple deep cleaning to clean out bacteria and infection. Sometimes a loose tooth is a result of a receding gum that loosens the socket. After the dentist performs a deep cleaning, the gum will start to heal and close up