If you have loose teeth, you know you need to see a dentist as these loose teeth can cause problems in the near future.
3 reasons for loose teeth
There are 3 reasons for loose teeth;
- Gum disease
- Teeth clenching or TMJ
- Injury due to sports or an accident
All of these reasons need to be addressed by a dentist.
In the case of gum disease or TMJ, the dentist will refer you to a periodontist.
With an injury due to sports or an accident, the dentist may do the work to repair breaks or chips or you may be sent to an orthodontist.
Treatment for loose teeth
Treatment of loose teeth will depend on why the teeth are loose.
In the case of gum disease, a deep cleaning of the gums can remove pockets of bacteria, bacteria causing plaque in which case after it is removed the bone will heal, and the tooth will tighten back up.
If the loose teeth are due to teeth clenching or an Occlusion, it is possible to do a splinting treatment in which the loose tooth or teeth are splinted to the teeth next to them to distribute the biting force evenly among them.
Another treatment is to move teeth with orthodontic devices in order to regenerate lost bone while creating new periodontal attachment.
This needs to be done before the loose teeth have a chance to cause periodontal disease that is very deep.
How to help reduce loose teeth
If you play sports, wear a sports mouth-guard in order to help protect your teeth and jawbone.
If you have TMJ, you should be using a night therapy mouth-guard in order to prevent wear and injury of grinding your teeth.
Loose teeth Oshawa, like other places, really need to be seen by a good dentist.