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Are Your Permanent Teeth Getting Loose?

why is my tooth loose

My teeth have gradually become loose. Why is that happening and what can I do about it?

Teeth become loose because of mechanical factors or bacterial factors. Mechanical factors are how the teeth fit and the forces applied. Bacterial factors come from the bacteria that cause periodontal (gum) disease and tooth abscess (infection).

Mechanical factors that cause teeth to become loose are grinding, clenching, tooth migration, deep and tight overbite, poor tooth position after orthodontics and airway issues. In all of these situations, there is great force on the teeth leading to bone overload causing inflammation. When left untreated, bone is lost over time, creating mobility.  It can be corrected by wearing a properly fitting night guard. You can also do some minor tooth reshaping to take the traumatic forces off the tooth/teeth.  Finally, orthodontics can put teeth in a better position, protecting them.

Bacterial factors that cause teeth to become loose are progressive periodontal (gum) disease or a tooth abscess (infection). The bacteria that cause gum disease or an abscess increase chemicals in the surrounding tissues that cause inflammation and breakdown of the bone. This allows the tooth to move around in the socket more. The periodontal disease can be treated by doing gum therapy and maintaining your gum health. The tooth abscess can be treated with a root canal or extraction.

The sooner this condition is found, the easier, more comfortable and less costly the treatment can be.

About the author

Stacey Sparkman Hall, D.D.S.

Dr. Stacey Hall brings her unique outlook on dental care and her personable optimism to the Williamsburg Center for Dental Health. With nine years of solid dental expertise as a dentist in Williamsburg, she decided in early 2011 to branch out and open her own local practice. After completing her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in 1998, Dr. Hall graduated from VCU’s MCV School of Dentistry in 2002, receiving her D.D.S. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and was awarded member fellowship to the International Congress of Oral Implantology in 2008. She leads the elite Tidewater Dawson Study Club and is a scholar with the interntaionally renowned Dawson Academy. As a Dawson ambassador, Dr. Hall also assists in the training of students in the Dawson Academy. Stacey and her husband Michael have been blessed with three beautiful girls, Lanie, Gracie and Abbie. She is a loyal Virginia Tech Football fan, and enjoys Bible study and missions work.

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