I have loose teeth.

Characteristics & what to look for

It can be difficult to identify if you have loose teeth unless the mobility is at an advanced stage, although a dentist or dental hygienist can identify earlier. The first symptom that you may notice is pain or instability when chewing. Loose teeth can also easily shift in your mouth and it may appear that these teeth are moving

Causes of loose teeth

There can be many causes of tooth mobility and those may include:

  • Bone loss from periodontal disease
  • Biting trauma
  • Tooth clenching
  • Tooth grinding
  • Severe gum recession
  • Orthodontic treatments (temporary mobility)
  • Osteoporosis and other medical conditions

What you can do at home to help ease the symptom

If you notice tooth mobility you should try to get to a dental professional as quickly as possible. In the event you can’t get to a dental professional quickly, you can give your teeth a rest by watching the foods you eat. Pick softer foods that don’t require as much effort to chew. Chew food on the side of your mouth that does not have mobile teeth. You can also buy a premade mouthguard that can be used temporarily if you know that you are clenching and grinding.

Treatment and how we can help

Treatment for tooth mobility depends on the underlying cause. The most common cause for mobility is bone loss due to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection in the gum and bone around your teeth. In advanced stages of periodontal disease, tooth mobility is a common finding. There are many treatments for periodontal disease and it is important to consult with a periodontist to determine which treatments are appropriate for you. Treatment that may be suggested could include scaling and root planing (also called a deep cleaning) as well as surgical therapies. Another common cause of tooth mobility is clenching/grinding. Clenching and grinding treatments may include use of muscle relaxers (temporarily), medications for stress/anxiety, bite splints, bite adjustment and even Botox injections.

Long term effects if left untreated and negative progression

Tooth mobility can continue to get worse if left untreated. If related to periodontal disease, serious infections and abscesses can develop and lead to tooth loss.