The worry of a loose permanent tooth- and what to do about it
A loose baby tooth is normal and expected; a loose permanent tooth is quite another matter: it’s an advanced sign of disease that could lead to losing the tooth.
The most frequent cause in adults for loose teeth is secondary trauma from periodontal (gum) disease. Bacterial plaque built up on teeth from poor oral hygiene causes a chronic infection that eventually weakens gum attachment to the teeth and damages surrounding bone. A loose tooth is a late sign of this damage.
Treatment for gum disease based loose teeth has a twofold approach. First, we thoroughly clean the tooth, root and gum surfaces of all plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) to reduce the infection and inflammation and restore tissue health. For more advanced cases, the hygienist would prescribe RSD (root surface debridement), which involves scraping the root surface to smooth it and reduce rough areas where the harmful bacteria can accumalate. This then has to be accompanied by meticulous home care and followed up with regular hygiene appointments.
Our hygienists Jessica and Larsa are experienced treating all levels of gum problems from minor inflammation to advanced periodontal disease. Using a range of advanced techniques and working closely with patients to ensure oral hygiene procedures are continued at home, they are able to stop gum disease in it’s tracks and dramatically improve the lifespan of your teeth.
Call the clinic on 02082018080 or email email@example.com to arrange an oral hygiene appointment.