How Should I Care For My Loose Tooth?

Loose ToothPermanent teeth can loosen and eventually fall out of the mouth. Anything from an injury to gum disease, strained gum ligaments, gum swelling and teeth grinding can cause the loosening of an adult tooth. Here is exactly how you should proceed in the event of a loose tooth.

Get to the Dentist Right Away

If you have a loose tooth, visit with your dentist as soon as possible so the problem does not get any worse. Do not assume the loose tooth will require considerable dental work. Though it is possible such extensive work might be necessary, in most instances the tooth can be tended to with a fairly simple treatment or procedure. Visiting with the dentist at the first sign of a loose tooth will enhance your oral health that much more for the long haul. Once you make it to the dentist's office for an analysis of your tooth, listen closely to this oral health expert's advice and follow it right down to the very last detail.

Leave the Tooth Alone

Do not pick or pull at the tooth. If you move the tooth with your tongue or press against it with a finger, it will make the problem that much worse. If you find out the tooth will have to be pulled, do not attempt to pull it on your own. A DIY (do it yourself) attempt to pull a tooth can lead to an infection as well as considerable bleeding. Furthermore, there is a chance a portion of the tooth or a root will break off within the socket. Let your dentist handle the extraction and any other treatments or procedures required.

Keep the Area Clean

Do your best to keep the loose tooth as clean as possible. Keep in mind you can't floss or brush this tooth as you would your normal teeth. Rinse your mouth with mouthwash or water to clear away any leftover particles of food.

Try to Consume Soft Food

If you bite down into a hard food like a pretzel or apple, it will loosen the tooth that much more. Do not chew gum, eat popcorn, cotton candy, nuts or anything else sticky or crunchy.

Treatment Options for a Loose Tooth

The optimal form of treatment hinges on the cause of the loose tooth. Treatment options include deep cleanings, the replacement of the tooth with a dental implant and tooth splinting. Tooth splinting involves a bonding of the loose tooth with surrounding teeth.

A deep cleaning has the potential to improve the gums' grip on the loose tooth. Gum disease is one of the top causes of loose teeth. It leads to the formation of pockets of infection between the gums and teeth, forcing the gums to recede. Receding gums cause teeth to loosen. A deep cleaning clears away the infection, providing the gums with the opportunity to heal and tighten up their grip on the loose tooth.

For more information call Preferred Dental Center at (210) 593-7636.

Recent Posts

5 Important Dental Treatments For Your Next Visit

Dental treatments for everyoneWhether you need preventative, basic or major dental services, regularly seeing your dentist is important. Not everyone needs in-depth dental treatments like root canals, crowns, extractions, bridges or implants. While some people do not want or require teeth whitening or braces, they may need the treatment for healthier teeth. However, there are…

Frequently Asked Questions About General Dentistry

General dentistry deals with the care and prevention of oral health diseases. The general dentist wants you to understand the importance of oral health, and they are willing to answer any questions you may have about your dental health.Many people do not visit the dentist regularly. They only visit when there is a dental problem.…

Getting Sedation Dentistry At Your General Dentist

Your general dentist can help you to relax if you are one of the many people with dental phobias. It is a problem that affects millions of people all over the U.S., and it can lead to people putting off treatments they need due to their reluctance to go to the dentist. A general dentist…

A General Dentistry Office Discusses Commonly Asked Oral Health Questions

There is plenty of advice out there when it comes to oral health questions, but some of the best advice always comes from a general dentistry office.Asking questions is vital in maintaining optimal oral health for a lifetime. We answer some of the most recurring questions below.Professional dental cleanings and examinations should be done every…

Recent Posts

Can Implant Supported Dentures Help With Bone Loss?

Can Implant Supported Dentures Help With Bone Loss?

Implant supported dentures are highly recommended for replacing an entire row of missing teeth. They offer many benefits, including the ability to prevent bone loss. You can make an informed decision about the implant supported dentures treatment by learning about the benefits it provides.  Bone loss often occurs after tooth loss. One way toa prevent this…

Important Parts Of A Routine Dental Checkup

Important Parts Of A Routine Dental Checkup

A dental checkup, or dental exam, is basically a checkup of your teeth and gums. Most dentists recommend that patients see them regularly because of the importance of dental visits. They are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth as well as gums. And in between those checkups, it is vital that you brush and…