When your tooth is loose or has fallen out, and you aren’t five years old, it can be a bit alarming. But never fear, we’ve got the solution to all of your wiggly — or completely out — tooth troubles.
How Loose Is Your Tooth?
The way you treat a loose tooth depends on just how loose it is. Sometimes it’s not too big of a worry at all, while other times, treatment is time sensitive.
- Slightly loose tooth – If your tooth is only a little loose, it will likely stabilize itself on its own. You may see a small amount of bleeding and it may be tender. Your best course of action is not to wiggle it, except to initially make sure it’s repositioned correctly. Opt for a soft diet for the next few days and avoid directly biting into anything with that tooth. If it’s not better within a few days, give us a call.
- Very loose or completely out – If your tooth is hanging on by a thread or out of your mouth completely, you have a dental emergency on your hands. You’ll need to see us within a couple of hours. In the meantime, do your best to keep it in the socket. Rinse it off, correctly position the tooth and press it back into place until it is even with the other teeth. Bite down on a piece of cotton or gauze until you can get in to see us. If you can’t get it back into place, put the tooth in a dish of milk to keep it moist until we can replace it.
Reasons Why Teeth Come Out and What to Do
Adult teeth can loosen or fall out for a number of reasons. It’s important to know the cause so you know how to treat the root issue (pun intended!) and how to prevent more issues in the future.
- Teeth grinding – If you’re one of millions of Americans who grind their teeth, it’s time to pay us a visit. Overnight grinding can cause a host of dental issues, with loose teeth being one of them. We can fit you for a custom mouth guard to nip this problem in the bud.
- Sports injuries – While we would never recommend that you stop playing your favorite sport, we do suggest that you do all you can to protect your pearly whites. We can suggest appropriate mouth guards for sports, too. And if you or your child is prone to these types of accidents, you might invest in a Save a Tooth kit to protect knocked-out teeth for up to 24 hours until we can get them back in.
- Gum disease – Gum disease is a prevalent condition that occurs both above and below the gum line. If you have a loose tooth or one that’s fallen out for no apparent reason, this could be your cause. In addition to loose teeth, symptoms include bleeding gums while brushing, swollen tender gums, persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth, receding gums and changes in the way your teeth fit together when biting down. If you suspect you have gum disease, come see us as soon as possible to set up a plan for treatment and daily care.
If you are experiencing any of the issues mentioned in this blog, give us a call. We’ll check things out and, together, create a plan to treat and protect your teeth from further damage.