When they are properly cared for, adult teeth can last a lifetime. If you get a loose adult tooth it is a sign that something is going on, and you should call us at Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego CA right away.
There are a number of reasons why a permanent, adult tooth can become loose, some more serious than others.
Pregnancy. Higher-than-usual levels of progesterone and estrogen during pregnancy can result in a loose tooth. The ligaments and bone holding a tooth in place can actually loosen. It’s usually temporary, but don’t assume it is.
Osteoporosis. Our bones can become less dense as we age: not just the jaw, but throughout the body. If it happens in the jaw then teeth can become loose. It can happen to men and women, but is more common in women.
Trauma. An impact from a collision – in an auto accident or playing sports, for example – can result in one or more loose teeth. Teeth grinding can also be enough force to loosen teeth. Any injury to the mouth might cause this, and should be considered a dental emergency.
Gum Disease. Often the result of poor dental hygiene and the buildup of plaque and tarter, gum disease can be painful and also lead to loose teeth, and even tooth loss. It can be treated, but the sooner it is diagnosed the better the chances of a successful outcome.
All of these issues should be taken seriously. If you notice any of them, seek help immediately. People from Hillcrest, Mission Hills, and Bankers Hill remember Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego CA for emergency dentistry, and for dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, and other services call for an appointment today.