Loose Tooth

Child missing front tooth pointing at it with her fingerThere are many situations where your tooth can be loose. It could be as simple as your baby teeth coming out, adult teeth are growing in, so the baby tooth is loose. Or it could be from dental trauma where the tooth got knocked loose or out. Also keep in mind with moderate to severe periodontal or gum disease, your tooth might become loose. Usually with gum disease it will involve more than one loose tooth. This is because periodontal disease affects your jaw bone, and your jaw bone is what holds your teeth together. If the bone has disappeared because of periodontal disease, your teeth will start to feel loose or even start to shift positions.

Treatment for loose teeth can vary based on the situation. If it’s just a loose baby tooth and no associated abscess or cavities, you can just wait for it to naturally fall out. If your tooth got knocked out, please see our page on knocked out teeth. As for loose teeth due to gum disease we’ll need to treat the gum disease first, and sometimes after treatment and good home care your teeth will naturally start to firm up. There are many ways a tooth can be loose, if you have any questions or are not sure what is going on, please let us know and we will do our best to guide you through it.