What To Do When Your Tooth Feels Loose

Prairie Village dentist offers emergency tooth care

When it feels like you are about to lose one of your pearly whites as a child, this can be an exciting part of growing up. However, if this happens when you have all of your permanent dentition, it can be cause for concern. Dr. Browne and his staff in Prairie Village, Kansas, can help you during this urgent dental situation. In today’s blog, we have a few tips on how to manage this incident and more.

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What Causes This?

There are several reasons that your teeth may not feel sturdy. An injury, such as being hit, may lead to the structure becoming slightly detached. Infections caused by gum disease may also cause your tissue to recede and bone to weaken, which can loosen the teeth. Bruxism, the chronic grinding of teeth, may also lead to this sensation if the condition is not treated. Even hormonal changes can cause the teeth to feel loose. No matter what the reason may be, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible if you begin to notice a loose permanent tooth. This allows for necessary treatment to begin if needed.

When To Seek Care

A tooth that is not fully secure can risk coming out completely. Before this happens, your dentist may be able to help. The goal when seeking treatment for this problem is to examine the mouth and determine the cause. In some cases, the teeth and gums may be restored and restrengthened. In other cases, it may be best to seek other remedies. Do not wait until your next appointment to talk to your dentist. Scheduling an emergency dental visit will expedite the treatment process and potentially save your smile.

If the loose structure is causing extreme discomfort or disrupts the function of your mouth, this may be a sign of an infection. In the event that the tooth has become detached due to an accident, do not pull, or wiggle the tooth. Do your best to leave the area unbothered until it can be examined. Periodontal disease may also cause the dentition to be unsecured. Ultrasonic scaling can help manage your symptoms and decrease this risk.

If the tooth completely falls out, do not panic. Keep the piece in a clean Ziploc bag and rinse the mouth out with water. In some cases, it can be re-rooted, or there are prosthetic options available to replace the tooth. It is important to fill the gaps in your smile so that your teeth do not misalign or shift.

If You Have A Dental Emergency, We Can Help

We are here to help you when you need urgent dental care. If you have a loose, broken, or aching tooth, contact our Prairie Village, KS practice at (913) 901-8585.