For adults, nothing says ‘dentist appointment imminent’ like a loose tooth. People can ignore all but the most severe toothaches, but when a tooth starts wobbling, it is a signal that some permanent changes to a person’s bite are about to happen. Loose teeth do not translate into lost causes, though. But, they are as urgent as a person’s desire to keep their smile intact.
Here are the two reasons for your teeth’s worrisome movements:
- Primary Occlusal Trauma (Bite Force)
Dentists from garden-view.co.uk explain Primary Occlusal Trauma as the state where a tooth has experienced a level of wear it cannot withstand. This may stem from sports injuries to even habitual clenching. They say that excessive force can and will cause teeth to loosen from the gums, and it is important for sufferers to immediately have the tooth treated to avoid losing it entirely.
Unhealthy habits such as bruxism (teeth grinding) can lead to misalignment, causing teeth to shift into a position where they sustain more bite force than they are able to endure. This means that any misalignment, whether natural or caused by the patient, should be corrected to avoid loose teeth.
- Secondary Occlusal Trauma (Disease)
Some conditions may cause teeth to lose their ability to cling onto a person’s gums. Periodontal diseases cause extensive bone loss, resulting in Secondary Occlusal Trauma. Even if a patient does not subject their teeth to excessive force, the vulnerabilities within the gums eventually cause the teeth to lose their ‘grip’, affecting crucial ligaments and leading to wobbly teeth.
Treatment for loose teeth is simple and effective, so long as patients approach their dentist as soon as their teeth pose the risk of falling off. Dental appliances can correct habits such as bruxism, while advanced dental procedures (at times adjustments) can prevent teeth from sustaining further damage. With these methods, dentists can help patients with loose teeth buy time for their teeth and gums to heal.