We all know baby teeth are going to and supposed to fall out — but permanent teeth aren’t. Fortunately, a loose tooth stuck to gum doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to lose the tooth. Dentists can often save a loose tooth. But, you need to recognize the signs of a wobbly tooth and make a dentist appointment right away.
Signs and Symptoms of a Wobbly Tooth in Adults
Loose teeth usually have symptoms linked with gum disease, including:
Loose front teeth receding gum
Pus around the tooth
Bleeding when you brush or floss
Swollen red or purple gums
Food packing under the gums or between the teeth
A lot of these symptoms are typical of severe, active gum disease and accompany loose teeth. If you notice any of these signs, get to your dentist quickly before it’s too late.
Causes of a Wobbly Tooth in Adults
There are many causes of teeth becoming loose. Some include:
Gum disease is a common reason for a loose tooth. This disease, which is also referred to as periodontitis, involves infection and inflammation of the gums. Poor dental hygiene habits usually cause it.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 50 percent of adults in the U.S. who are 30 years old or older have gum disease.
When plaque is allowed to build up, despite brushing or flossing, gum disease can develop. Bacteria are in plaque. The plaque builds up on your teeth and hardens over time. Only a dentist can remove it.
This hardened plaque is also referred to as tartar and causes your gums to pull away from your teeth which create gaps inviting infection. As time goes on, this process breaks down the tissue and bone supporting your teeth and causes your teeth to become loose.
If you have any signs of gum disease like bleeding or sore gums, have your dentist take a look as quickly as possible. By detecting gum disease early, treatment can keep you from losing a tooth.
High levels of estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy can cause the bone and ligaments around your teeth to become loose, resulting in tooth mobility. However, this is typically a temporary circumstance that doesn’t usually lead to tooth loss unless you have other complications like periodontal disease. Consult with your dentist if you notice any tooth movement during your pregnancy.