Can a Dentist Save a Loose Tooth?
Can a Dentist Save a Loose Tooth? 2021
Can a dentist save a loose tooth? For kids, a loose “baby” tooth is nothing to worry about. However, if an adult tooth becomes loose, you may need to see your emergency dentist in Shreveport, LA, in order to save that tooth. Several problems, such as periodontal disease, trauma, and teeth grinding (bruxism), can cause teeth to become loose over time. Below, Dr. Ben Kacos shares how to save a loose tooth.
Leave the Loose Tooth Alone
Your first duty if you have a loose tooth is to make sure that the tooth stays put in its socket. If the tooth loosens further or falls out altogether, treating it becomes a harder prospect. While you wait to see Dr. Ben Kacos about the loose tooth, desist from poking it using your tongue or trying to move that tooth with your finger. An added precaution that you should take is to screen out any food that may stick on the loose tooth and cause it to fall out or become infected.
Keep the Loose Tooth Clean
It is harder to clean a loose tooth when compared to cleaning healthy teeth. All the same, every attempt should be made to keep the loose tooth as clean as possible so that the risk of infection can be lessened as you wait to see a dentist in Shreveport about the problem. Use plain water to rinse your mouth gently so that any debris around the loose tooth can be removed. Water at room temperature is the best for this task.
See an Emergency Dentist in Shreveport ASAP
Only an experienced dentist, like Dr. Ben Kacos, can restore your loose tooth. So, if you really want to save your tooth, and anyone would want to preserve their natural teeth, make it a point to see Dr. Kacos within the first 24 hours after you notice that your tooth is loose. This is the ideal window within which the chances of saving the tooth are high.
We asked our friend, Dr. O’Grady, an emergency dentist in Denver, CO, to help us select some of the interventions that your dentist may choose after assessing the condition of your teeth.
1. Tooth Splinting
In this option, a dental crown is placed on the loose tooth as well as on the nearby teeth. A “splint” is then fabricated to link all these teeth with crowns together so that the loose tooth is rendered immobile. This immobilization allows the loose tooth to recover and reattach to the gum and other surrounding tissues.
2. Periodontal Disease Treatment
Some patients develop loose teeth after suffering from gum (periodontal) disease. In this case, you may need to undergo gum disease treatment like root planning and scaling to clean out the bacterial infection that has caused your teeth to become loose. The healthy gums then allow the loose tooth to reattach itself and become firm once again. Note that Dr. Kacos may, in some cases, still need to apply a dental splint after treating the periodontal disease.
3. Bite Adjustment
Teeth may also become loose if you have bite issues that prevent all the teeth from getting an equal share of the bite force generated when you close your mouth and bring your teeth together as you chew. Bite adjustment helps to alter the position of the teeth so that all of them hit at the same time when you chew. In this way, the loose tooth will get an opportunity to heal and become firm in its socket.
You cannot decide on your own which of the treatment options above is right for you. See Shreveport’s Dental Solutions immediately for an examination, and he will recommend the most cost-effective remedy to the problem. If the worst comes to the worst and the loose cannot be saved, Dr. Kacos can pull that tooth and replace it with an implant-supported restoration or any other restoration suitable for your needs.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in July 2019 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.