Loose Teeth

Loose Teeth

Tooth Spa, located in Sunnyvale, CA, is your solution for any loose teeth that may be plaguing your mouth. Aside from the difficulties of biting and chewing that arise from having teeth not securely attached, there’s also a risk of losing the tooth or teeth. Don’t delay getting a professional checkup if you suffer from this condition. It could be symptomatic of something more serious that requires specific care.

What Causes Loose Teeth?

There are two common causes of loose teeth that we see at Tooth Spa. The first is periodontal disease or gum disease as it’s often called. As the plaque builds up on the teeth, it encroaches on the gum line and leaves the tissue vulnerable to infection from bacteria in the mouth. As this happens, the gum tissue detaches from the tooth and the bone, which supports the teeth, is eroded.

With this bone loss, there is less for the tooth’s ligaments to attach themselves to, and they begin to loosen. The other common cause of loose teeth is bruxism. Bruxism is the excessive grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. Through the action of this continual force, the periodontal ligaments anchoring your teeth to the bone are stretched, loosening the teeth.

Can I Prevent Loose Teeth?

Yes, you can prevent loose teeth. By engaging in effective oral hygiene with proper brushing and flossing, and by visiting your dentist twice per year for professional cleanings, you can reduce plaque formation and subsequent infection. Proper oral hygiene will help preserve your gum tissue and supporting bone structures. You can also address bruxism to reduce grinding and clenching by discussing options with your dentist that are geared towards your specific circumstances.

How Are Loose Teeth Treated?

Your treatment will hinge on what factor is causing the looseness. If the factor is biological, as in gum disease, the treatment will focus on improving the conditions of your mouth. Controlling the environment in which bacteria grow means cleaning out plaque, giving bacteria little opportunity to thrive. If your loose teeth stem from a mechanical factor such as bruxism, the treatment will involve reducing or controlling the force applied to your teeth.

Treatment can also involve reshaping your teeth’s surfaces to adjust the bite. It can also be accomplished by restoring worn teeth, splinting teeth together to distribute the applied force, or creating a custom mouth guard to reduce the impact of clenching and grinding.

Professional & Friendly Dental Professionals

We employ some of Sunnyvale’s best dentists, and our dental team is excited to help make your smile a healthy one. Make an appointment with Tooth Spa today to discuss how we can set goals to restore your oral health and treat your loose teeth.

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