As gum disease progresses, it can affect the tissues and structures supporting your teeth. The infection and inflammation caused by the disease can lead to the destruction of the periodontal ligament and the alveolar bone, which secure the teeth in place.
Consequently, this loss of support can cause the teeth to become loose.
If you have, or suspect that you have, gum disease, it is best to find out what is going on inside of your mouth as soon as possible so that a plan of attack can be developed and implemented. If we are able to treat it in the earlier stages, we can minimize or eliminate the risk of tooth loss.
When you let gum disease go untreated for too long, you can lose some or all of your teeth. It is harder to clear up the disease once it has progressed and spread throughout the mouth. Once you get to this stage, treatment options become limited. However, limited doesn’t mean you’re stuck without options or that you have to suffer needlessly.
Best to Seek a Professional Evaluation Sooner Rather Than Later
If you notice loose teeth, it is crucial to consult with a dental professional for a thorough examination. For example the professionals at the Mugford Center will assess the health of your gums, perform dental X-rays to evaluate bone loss, and determine the underlying cause of tooth mobility. “Early detection and intervention can help prevent further damage and improve treatment outcomes,” notes Dr. David Mugford. “The best thing we can try to do during the early stages of gum disease is to try and eliminate it entirely. It may require a number of treatments, medications and cleanings to clear up most of the bacteria that are causing problems.”
These treatments are created specifically to try and improve the overall health of your teeth and gums. If you are in the later stages of gum disease and we are unable to prevent your teeth from becoming loose, we may have to start discussing implants, dentures or other restoration options.
Managing Loose Teeth and Advanced Gum Disease
Treatment options for loose teeth and advanced gum disease depend on the severity of the condition. According to Dr. Mugford, the best options may include:
- Scaling and Root Planing: This deep cleaning procedure removes plaque and tartar from below the gumline, allowing the gums to heal and reducing inflammation.
- Antibiotic Therapy: In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed to control bacterial infection and support the healing process.
- Periodontal Surgery: Advanced cases of gum disease may require surgical intervention to repair and regenerate damaged tissues, such as gum grafting or bone grafting procedures.
- Dental Appliances: Custom-made splints or mouthguards may be used to stabilize loose teeth and protect them from further damage, particularly in cases of teeth grinding.
Prevention and Ongoing Care
Prevention is always better than cure when it comes to oral health. As we’ve talked about in previous blog articles, maintaining healthy teeth and gums includes these essential steps:
Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and use an antimicrobial mouthwash to remove plaque and bacteria.
Regular Dental Check-ups: Schedule routine dental visits for professional cleanings and examinations. Regular check-ups allow for early detection and prompt treatment of any oral health issues.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle: Adopt a nutritious diet, limit sugary foods and drinks, quit smoking, and manage stress levels to support overall oral health.
“Gum disease, when caught early enough, can be cleared up and eliminated,” says Dr. Mugford. “That is why following the oral regiment that we suggest to you is so important. Our goal is to try and save as many of your teeth as possible and help you to live your best life.”
While loose teeth can be an indicator of advanced gum disease, it is important not to jump to conclusions without a proper evaluation by a dental professional. If you experience tooth mobility, seek prompt dental care to identify the underlying cause and determine the most appropriate treatment. By maintaining good oral hygiene practices and receiving regular dental check-ups, you can significantly reduce the risk of gum disease and maintain a healthy, confident smile.
Speak with our office today to find out more about gum disease, schedule an appointment to have an oral exam, or ask about restoration options for any missing teeth you may already have. Call us today at: (410) 260-0790.