Loose Teeth as an Adult Signifies a Problem with Your Oral Health
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Lemond Hunter
Your child might notice a wiggly tooth in his mouth and express excitement. After all, a lost tooth equals a visit from the Tooth Fairy and the growth of a new, adult tooth. However, you shouldn't feel that same level of excitement if your teeth feel loose as an adult. This could signal a major oral health concern.
Teeth are strong and durable, but they aren't invincible. A blow to the face or another type of trauma could damage the teeth and the tissues that support them. The result may be a loose tooth. In these situations, you should visit our office as soon as possible. Accidents, falls, and sports injuries can all lead to long-term dental damage if not treated right away.
Gum disease occurs when bacteria-containing plaque accumulates on the teeth. It will stick and form hardened plaque over time, which can cause the gums to recede from the teeth. This creates gaps that may even become infected. The process may ultimately break down the tissues and bone that supports the teeth, causing them to loosen and even fall out.
While both men and women can suffer from osteoporosis, the disease tends to affect women more. With this condition, the bones of the body become weaker and more prone to fracture. When jaw bone density weakens around the teeth, the teeth may become loose. Additionally, if you are going through treatment for osteoporosis, it is important that you let us know, as certain medications can interfere with dental treatment. In fact, anti-resorptive medications can lead to osteonecrosis, which may also cause loose teeth.
As an adult, you should be concerned about a loose tooth. If a tooth feels wiggly in its socket, give our office a call to set up an evaluation. We'll get to the bottom of the problem and create an individualized treatment plan.