You’re brushing your teeth and something is a little off. You feel around your mouth with your tongue. Your tooth is wiggling!
A loose adult tooth is worrisome, as it’s an indicator the tooth may fall out. If you act fast, you still may be able to save the tooth with the help of your trusted dentists at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane. But first, you should figure out what’s causing the looseness.
What Causes Loose Teeth?
Bruxism/Grinding and Clenching
Trauma to the Teeth
What Should I Do?
The first thing to do when you find a loose tooth is to stop playing with it. Like any injury, it’s difficult to stop yourself from touching or prodding at the injury, but it’s paramount that you leave the tooth alone. If you keep touching, wiggling, or pushing at the tooth with your tongue, you’re more likely to knock the tooth out altogether.
The second step is to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins will be able to tell you what’s causing the tooth wiggliness and get to the root of the problem. If your dental appointment isn’t for a few days, we recommend you wear a mouthguard as much as possible to protect the tooth from any additional trauma. When brushing your teeth, try to brush lightly around the tooth and don’t put pressure directly on it. Eat on the other side of your mouth for now.
What Are My Treatment Options?
After assessing the state of the tooth, Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins may recommend a few next steps. If you’re in the late stages of gum disease, scaling removes plaque buildup and planing reduces the rough areas in your tooth to discourage future plaque buildup.
If the tooth is wiggly because of trauma to the tooth, we might use a tooth splint. This bonds the wiggly tooth to surrounding strong teeth. It’s a temporary solution that allows the connective tissue to regrow around the wiggly tooth.
If the tooth can’t be saved, a dental implant may be your best choice. Dental implants are a beautiful and natural-looking option that restores the look of your smile. The benefit of dental implants is that they don’t require any special care; just treat it as you would your other natural teeth, and it’ll benefit you for years to come.