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Once an Adult Tooth Becomes Loose, Can It Be Saved?
Posted on 1/11/2021 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Once a tooth loosens, it can still be saved. The outcome depends on the reason for tooth mobility and how quickly the issue is addressed. The following information details your options in this respect.
Restoring the Health of a Loose Tooth
A tooth may loosen in its socket because of gum disease or trauma. If trauma or an injury loosens a tooth, we must act fast to secure the tooth by performing surgery or by splinting the tooth. Usually, a splinted tooth will be bonded, so this fix, while temporary, will help stabilize the tooth. We will need to watch the tooth, in the interim, to make sure that it heals properly. If the tooth loosens because of gum disease, rinsing with a warm saltwater rinse often helps as well as a deep cleaning. A scaling and root planing, or SRP, removes the tartar and plaque below the gum line as well as the infection. By having the procedure done, you can continue to protect the tooth by brushing and flossing daily and following a conscientious dental routine.
A Summary of Your Options
If a tooth is lost, it can be removed and replaced with dental implant. However, if the cause is due to gum disease, that condition must be treated first, as implants need solid anchors to hold any needed prosthesis, such as a bridge or crown. You may also get a tooth splint, which is supported by the surrounding teeth. Whatever option you choose, you will need to follow a regular routine of dental care to ensure stability and protect your teeth and gums from further disease. You need to make this commitment to realize a successful outcome.
Do you need further information about treating tooth mobility? If so, contact our office anytime via the Internet or by phone. We are always ready to answer any questions you may have.