Treatment for loose teeth often involves conventional therapies at the dental office. These treatments may include:
Deep Cleanings (scaling and root planing)
Locally-delivered antibiotic therapy
Extraction of loose teeth
Tooth replacement of lost teeth with dental implants
Most treatments for loose teeth come at a great cost, with hundreds of dollars spent on deep cleanings, bone grafting and gum grafting in order to save a single tooth. Extractions are reserved for the most severely loose teeth, which then require tooth replacement with appliances such as dental implants, which can cost over a thousand dollars. Response to therapy is normally evident within the first year after treatment. Teeth with mobility typically do not respond to treatment as well as teeth infected with periodontal disease that exhibit no mobility.
Effectively treating loose teeth alongside your dentist will also involve home remedies for loose teeth. These methods are the same as those used for gum disease and are the most important, while also being the most affordable remedies available.
More Facts About Loose Tooth Treatment
Healthy teeth in an adult will never be loose. Very mild movement may be seen in younger children whose permanent tooth roots are still forming. If your teeth are noticeably loose and move more than a millimeter in any given direction then there is cause for alarm.
Teeth become loose due to the destruction of attached bone and gum around the tooth. This happens because of gum infections like gum disease or periodontitis. Bacteria from the conditions cause the body to pull away from the diseased area, resulting in less stability around the tooth.
Depending on the severity of the loose tooth, it may or may not be able to be saved. Severely loose teeth usually result in loss of the tooth and possible harm to the adjacent teeth. Moderately loose teeth can be treated through home prevention methods and conventional therapy.
Removing disease bacteria from around a tooth with gum disease can allow the gum tissue to tighten and even re-attach to the tooth, causing it to become slightly tighter once again.
If your tooth sways easily side to side or becomes depressible, it is most likely beyond the point of repair. Treatment should be completed to remove the diseased tooth and remove any existing bacteria in the mouth to prevent the loss of additional teeth.
Pulling teeth should be the last possible option when it comes to dental care. Nothing is quite as good as your natural teeth, so teeth should be kept healthy and maintained when at all possible. Losing a tooth due to disease means you also have to consider tooth replacement options, due to the effect it will have on surrounding teeth and normal functions such as chewing.
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