Having a tooth move is one of the recurring nightmares of half of humanity and it happens more often than we think. When we notice that a tooth moves, becomes loose, it is because the tissues surrounding it retract. Among the most common causes of this retraction are: poor dental hygiene, bruxism, malocclusion, or even some systemic diseases. The most important thing to know is that a tooth that begins to have mobility should be treated quickly to avoid complications.
In this article we will deal with this pathology to understand its origin, prevent it and give guidelines to treat it in the most efficient way.
As we have announced, tooth mobility is often caused by poor brushing. Mobility can also be caused by gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) or periodontitis (when the tissues that support the tooth are affected). But other causes to consider are smoking, which can also cause other serious oral health problems, including receding gums, teeth grinding (bruxism), excessive gum chewing (chewing gum) or onychophagia (nail biting).
What are the symptoms? How to recognize loose teeth at an early stage?
Teeth are supported by the following tissues: alveolar bone, periodontal ligament, cementum and gingiva. If these tissues begin to be affected, teeth will inevitably begin to move.
Gingival recession can tell us if our teeth are beginning to lose support. We should look to see that our gums do not shift away from the tooth line leaving the root of the tooth to appear. Also take into account premature contact points that may affect a tooth.
Keep in mind that the moment there is some mobility, there is already a problem, so it is necessary to know what has caused it in order to solve it depending on the degree of mobility.
How to avoid it?
The only solution to avoid tooth loss and its complications is to maintain a schedule of regular visits to the dentist, with regular hygiene, to prevent tartar from accumulating under the gum. If all is well, one control and hygiene visit per year is sufficient.
Another decisive factor that should become a healthy habit is to have a healthy oral hygiene, brushing your teeth effectively but gently with a soft or medium toothbrush.
You can also use a toothpaste specifically for sensitive gums. Do not hesitate to ask your dentist for advice on your next visit, as a specialist he/she will know how to advise you very well.
What treatments are available to fix a loose tooth?
The treatment will depend greatly on the degree of mobility. It will be assessed by the periodontics specialist.
If you have noticed that any of your teeth have become loose or you have noticed changes in your gums, don’t wait any longer and call us. A visit with Dr. Mayte Miravé, specialist in periodontics, will help you to solve the problem and avoid complications.