Having a loose tooth is normal for growing children and can even be cute. Old photographs of you with missing front teeth can be a reminder of the good old days when you've had so much fun getting all the sweets that you want.
As a grown up, getting a loose teeth can be unnerving. It is a clear indication that your permanent tooth is about to come loose. A moving tooth can be the result of an injury, a gum disease, or even an indiscernible habit of grinding teeth when asleep.
A Loose Tooth is a Red Flag Dental Condition
In many cases, a moving tooth indicates an oral health condition that can only be fixed by our dentists. When your tooth slightly loosens and does not tighten after some days, it is best to seek help from our professional dentists as the injury might be more serious.
It is also vital to seek help when you find your teeth moving around because of teeth grinding during sleep. A procedure to correct your teeth alignment and prescription of mouth guards usually helps to prevent further damage to the teeth especially when you are sleeping.
An unexplained loose permanent teeth can sometimes be the hidden cause of an underlying gum disease. Infections such as gingivitis cause swelling of the gum, which affects your tooth structure. Untreated gingivitis leads to a more serious condition called periodontitis. It is characterized by a buildup of tartar around the gum line causing severe bacterial accumulation and worsening an infection.
A moving tooth can either be normal or not. So, it's best to see us the moment you notice one. When you find your teeth moving around, self-remedies can sometime lead to a more serious case.
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