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    • 05 JUL 18
    How to treat a loose tooth in adults

    How to treat a loose tooth in adults

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    Some causes of loose teeth in adults are harmless, others require the care of a dental professional to save the tooth, remove it, or replace it with an implant or bridge.

    The following factors are often responsible for looseness in one or more teeth: gum disease; pregnancy; injury to teeth; and, osteoporosis. Loose teeth cannot always be prevented, but a person can take steps to reduce the risk. Tips for tooth and gum health include:

    • brushing teeth thoroughly twice a day;
    • flossing once a day;
    • refraining from smoking;
    • attending dental check-ups and cleanings as often as recommended;
    • wearing a properly fitted mouthguard while playing sport;
    • wearing a bite splint when night-time grinding or clenching is an issue;
    • asking a doctor about calcium and vitamin D supplementation to help prevent osteoporosis;
    • keeping diabetes under control; and,
    • being aware of medications that may affect the teeth.

     

    A range of treatments can help loose teeth, and the best option will depend on the cause of the looseness. Treatments include:

    • scaling and root planning;
    • medications or mouth rinses;
    • surgery to remove inflamed gum tissue and bone that has been damaged by gum disease;
    • bone grafts;
    • soft tissue grafts;
    • bite splints and other dental appliances; and,
    • treatment for diabetes.

     

    If a loose tooth falls out, a dentist can often restore a person’s smile with a dental bridge or implant. While these options are effective, it is essential to treat the underlying cause of tooth loss and take any other steps needed to prevent further damage.

     

    From: www.medicalnewstoday.com

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