Are Your Teeth Loose? Here’s What You Need to Know

One of the most important factors in why your teeth are the strongest parts of your body is the fact that they have a comprehensive support system. Each tooth root has its own socket within your jawbone, and is held tightly by a complex network of periodontal tissues and ligaments. When this network is intact, healthy teeth shouldn’t move when you bite and chew. If they do, then you should visit your Encinitas/San Diego periodontist’s office to find out why your teeth are loose, and to save them from being lost.

It isn’t normal for teeth to be loose

Because of the immense pressures that your bite produces, it’s important for your teeth to remain still and steady. This allows you to use them as often as necessary without compromising your bite’s function or your healthy tooth structure. If your teeth are loose, then it’s likely because one or more aspects their foundation has become compromised.

There could be a variety of reasons

The erosion or destruction of your teeth’s supportive structures can occur in several ways. For instance, if you’ve suffered accidental trauma to the mouth or jaw, then the injury could impact your teeth and more. If you’ve developed severe periodontal disease, then it may have eroded enough of your gums and jawbone structure to make one or more teeth loose.

It’s best to treat them as soon as possible

Whatever the reason, it’s best to address the cause of your loose teeth as soon as possible. Otherwise, your teeth will continue to lose their sturdiness and may eventually fall out or require extraction. In many cases, seeking treatment early (such as for periodontal disease) can stop the erosion and improve your chances of preserving your healthy, natural smile.

Secure your loose teeth with expert treatment

If your teeth are loose, then find out why and address the issue as soon as possible to minimize your risks of tooth loss, and more. For more information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kania by calling her periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.