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Loose/Missing Teeth

  • Single Tooth Replacement – for replacing a single missing tooth, dental implant supported crowns are the most functional, aesthetic and durable option. Alternatively, dental bridges can also be used.
  • Multiple Missing Teeth – for multiple missing teeth, we offer dental implant supported overdentures or bridges. Alternatively, conventional partial dentures are also a cost-effective and reliable option.
  • Replacement of all Missing Teeth – when it comes to replacing all missing teeth in a jaw, an all-on-four implant-supported prosthesis provides the best result. Alternatively, conventional complete removable dentures can also be used for this purpose. The removable complete dentures not only replace missing teeth, but they also restore the facial aesthetics and your smile.
  • Crooked or Misaligned Teeth
  • Why Teeth Become Loose?

Our teeth are embedded in specially designed tooth sockets present inside the jaw bones. However, they are not completely joined with the bone. Rather, they are suspended in the tooth socket with different periodontal fibers that act as “shock absorbers” and prevent damage to the tooth and underlying bone in case of an impact or heavy force.

Under normal circumstances, the gums and these periodontal fibers keep the teeth firmly suspended and there is little movement of the teeth. However, in certain cases when the gum tissue, periodontal fibers or the underlying bone is damaged, teeth become mobile. If the condition is not corrected timely, the mobility gradually increases and ultimately the tooth falls off.

What are the Causes of Loose Teeth?

  • Gum and Periodontal Problems – this is one of the most common causes of increased tooth mobility. Advanced gum or periodontal tissue inflammation results in severe and irreversible damage to the jaw bone and periodontal fibers. As a result, the teeth become mobile. You can learn more about gum disease here.
  • Pregnancy and Hormonal Changes – during pregnancy, the high levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones weaken the attachment between gums, teeth and the jaw bone by loosening the fibers which hold them together. Unlike advanced periodontal disease, this is a temporary situation and it goes away as soon as the hormones come back to normal. However, if you should not chance and visit us immediately if you feel that your teeth have become loose during pregnancy.
  • Osteoporosis – this is a condition in which there is a significant reduction in the volume and mass of the bones in the body, making them porous and weak. Osteoporosis affects both men and women, however, women at a higher risk. According to the National Institutes of Health, women with are 3 time more at risk of having loose teeth and suffering from tooth loss due to osteoporosis.
  • Trauma – even if you have excellent oral hygiene, direct trauma or blow to one of your teeth can damage the periodontal ligament which anchors your teeth to the gums and jaw bone. This is why teeth often become loose after trauma or injury.

 

Treatment Options

The first step is to visit immediately. Dr. Lynn will perform detail clinical examination of your teeth to evaluate the cause of your tooth mobility. If your teeth have become mobile, she will give your oral hygiene instructions and perform professional scaling and root planing (deep cleaning), if required. Similarly, if the underlying cause is hormonal changes, she may refer you to your gynecologist. In the case of osteoporosis, Dr. Lynn will refer you to your primary healthcare physician for further management. Finally, in case of a trauma, the loose tooth is usually splinted with the neighboring teeth until it becomes firmly anchored again. If the tooth cannot be saved, it will be extracted and cosmetic options such as single or multiple teeth replacement options will be considered

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