Even perfectly healthy teeth will move a fraction of a millimeter. This is because the roots are not fused tight to the jaw bone. Our teeth are connected to our jaw bone by a periodontal ligament. We need this slight movement to accommodate the forces placed upon our teeth from chewing. However, when teeth become unnaturally mobile, it is very important to identify the cause and treat it immediately. Arlington Periodontics can diagnose and treat your mobile teeth in Arlington, TX.
The most common reason for loose teeth is bone & gum disease. Bone & gum disease results from a buildup of disease causing bacteria that causes destruction of your gums and jaw bone. The active infection will invade the areas in between your teeth and gums, detaching the periodontal ligament, causing bone loss and creating periodontal pockets around your teeth. This deterioration process is what causes your teeth to loosen in your jaw bone.
Other Factors That Cause Loose Teeth
Gum & bone disease is not the only reason behind tooth mobility. Other factors include:
- Facial trauma
- Grinding or clenching of teeth (bruxism)
- Periodontal and periapical abscesses
Loose teeth due to grinding can be treated by an occlusal adjustment and wearing a nightguard to protect your teeth against the extreme amounts of pressure that your jaw can produce when clenching and grinding. If your teeth hit against each other in a way that puts destructive force on teeth, you may need to have a bite adjustment. In so doing, your doctor will have you bite down on a piece of colored paper. Where the color is transferred onto your tooth surfaces and is vectored away from the long axis of the tooth is where you will need a small amount of filing. This small change can stop tooth mobility and prevent your teeth from wearing down. Tooth mobility caused by gum and bone disease needs immediate periodontal therapy treatment.
If you think you have gum or bone disease, it is vital to your oral health to seek treatment immediately. Arlington Periodontics specializes in treating the tissues that surround and support the teeth, called periodontal diseases. To learn more about loose teeth and treatment options in Arlington, TX, call Arlington Periodontics as soon as possible to schedule your consultation.