It Is Critical to Treat Loose Teeth as Early as Possible

Dr. Sutton can help identify and treat the cause of your loose teeth at his Newport, TN, dental practice. 

Some of the signs and symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Gums that bleed readily
  • Gingivitis that leads to periodontitis
  • Pus accumulation around teeth
  • Food getting stuck between teeth
  • Receding gums

These are all signs of an active infection in the mouth.

Gum Disease Can Cause Tooth Loss!

Image of man with a loose toothLoose and shifting teeth are a warning sign that bone has been lost and there is no longer enough structure to support the teeth. This is a red flag that should not be ignored and may be linked to gum disease or other oral health problems that are wearing away supportive structures in the mouth! If you have loose teeth, schedule your exam with Dr. David Sutton as soon as possible!
 

Loose Teeth

Loose or shifting teeth are most often a result of advanced gum disease. When the bone tissue can no longer support the teeth, they can shift or move easily. This is a symptom that should not be ignored and may be an indication of gingivitis that has progressed beyond the early stage to severe periodontitis or a sign of other oral health problems. 

Causes of Loose Teeth

Some people have loose teeth because of an injury or trauma to the mouth. If you have periodontal disease, you may be at an increased risk of losing your teeth because the gum tissue and bone structure can be destroyed by bacteria. In other cases, loose teeth may be a side effect of health issues related to a bone infection or endodontic problem.

Signs and Symptoms of Loose Teeth

Signs of an active infection in the mouth and gum disease include:

  • Inflammation of the gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Pus developing around the tooth
  • Food frequently getting stuck between teeth
  • Gum recession

You can prevent loose teeth, gingivitis, and many other oral health problems by maintaining a good brushing and flossing routine, eating a well-balanced diet, and maintaining regular cleaning and checkup appointments. Dr. Sutton may recommend treatments and therapies such as deep cleanings, locally administered antibiotic therapy, laser gum surgery, bone grafts, gingival grafts, extractions, and tooth replacement with dental implants. 

Loose teeth are usually a sign of an underlying oral health problem, such as advanced gum disease. For more information about treatment options for loose teeth in Johnson City and East Tennessee, set up your consultation with Dr. Sutton today!