The consequences of lost permanent teeth are obvious from a cosmetic standpoint. There are also future oral health implications of dragging your feet on replacement of an adult tooth. Prevention is the best method of smile maintenance, and is best achieved when you are vigilant against the warning signs of dental despair. Park Ridge dentists, Dr. Maria and Dr. Thanasi Loukas discuss how loose teeth are an early warning sign of a tooth falling out. So pay attention if there’s any wiggle room in your smile.
Keep your Smile Secure
Like any good load-bearing structure, your healthy natural teeth possess a secure foundation embedded into a more secure underlying structure your jawbone. Whether you’ve suffered a traumatic dental or facial injury, or severe dental disease has eroded your teeth’s foundation and caused gums to recede, loose teeth are never a good sign and shouldn’t be ignored. For instance, gum disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss in America. The infection progresses through your gums and can infect your jawbone, deteriorating the structures which support your teeth. If your teeth are loose because of advanced gum disease, then tooth loss is likely to follow if you don’t seek prompt periodontal treatment.
Loose Teeth: What to Do?
In many cases, loose teeth can be saved with comprehensive treatment, but you must take fast action. Sometimes the root cause (such as periodontal disease) may have rendered a tooth well on the way to falling out. If your loose tooth cannot be saved, then the Drs. Loukas may recommend tooth extraction and replacement with a dental implant after the area has been examined and fully healed. If you notice a loose permanent tooth, contact our dental office as soon as possible to increase your chances of saving the tooth from loss.
Visit your Park Ridge Dentists
If you have one or more loose teeth, or if you need to replace one or more lost teeth, then schedule an appointment with your Park Ridge implant dentists by calling Loukas General Dentistry at (847) 696-1919. Located in the 60068 area, we proudly serve patients from Park Ridge and the surrounding Chicago communities.