People often ask us here at Evolve Dentistry in Portishead about wobbly teeth, is it normal, what can be done about it, what causes it. We’ve answered the most commonly asked questions below.
Why do teeth become wobbly?
The most common reason that a tooth becomes wobbly is due to bone loss as a result of gum disease. Other reasons that a tooth becomes wobbly can be due to trauma or during orthodontic treatment.
Can a loose tooth “firm” up?
In some cases, it may be possible a loose tooth to become firmer, this depends on how wobbly it is and why it is loose. If the tooth is loose because of trauma, a sporting injury for example, it’s important to treat this as a dental emergency and seek clinical advise as soon as possible. Teeth also become more mobile during braces, so once the brace is removed, the teeth will usually become firmer.
Can a wobbly tooth be saved?
Having a wobbly tooth doesn’t mean that you will automatically lose the tooth. If you seek advise from your dentist as soon as you can, it may be possible to save the tooth. If your tooth is wobbly due to gum disease, it’s important to see your dentist and hygienist regularly.
Is it normal for teeth to wiggle slightly?
All teeth will be very slightly mobile. This is due to the periodontal ligament fibres – which are tiny muscle fibres that wrap around the root of the tooth which provide a cushion between the tooth and surrounding bone. Any movement of more than 0.5mm is not within expected mobility and you should speak to your dentist about it.
What can a dentist do for a wobbly tooth?
The best way to improve the mobility of a tooth is to see a hygienist regularly who will clean below the gum line which will encourage the tissues to tighten up. Another way that a dentist can help tighten a tooth up is through bite adjustment. This is where the teeth are altered to ensure that there is even pressure on all teeth, allowing the wobbly tooth time heal and tighten up.
What happens if a loose tooth stays in too long?
If you have a loose tooth, it’s important not to pull it out yourself. Please see your dentist to discuss the best options for you.
If you have any concerns about your teeth or gums, please call Evolve Dentistry in Portishead on 01275 842 550. We’d be happy to see you as a new patient, where we will carry out a full check of your oral health and discuss any concerns or issues that you may be experiencing.
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