Associates of Dental Arts
Dr. Gregory Kivett

What are the causes of loose teeth?

The presence of loose teeth or teeth that appear to be shifting can be a warning sign of a much bigger oral health issue. If your teeth are becoming loose or seem to be moving, schedule an appointment with Associates of Dental Arts as soon as possible. Our team will check your teeth and gums for gum disease and any other oral health problems that might be causing loose teeth and gum recession.

Causes of Loose Teeth

Some people have loose teeth because of an injury or trauma to the mouth, but others might experience loose teeth as an outcome of periodontal disease. When you are in the advanced stages of gum disease, bacteria start to destroy the bone and gum tissue around the teeth. There may also be loss of attachment between the gums and the teeth. As the supportive structures break down, your teeth can start to shift, become loose, and eventually fall out.

In some cases, loose teeth can also be a side effect of an underlying health problem that increases the chances of developing periodontal disease. At Associates of Dental Arts, we can determine the cause of your loose teeth and any gum recession issues that may be affecting your oral health.

Signs and Symptoms of Loose Teeth

• Inflammation of the gums
• Gums that bleed
• Pus accumulation around the teeth
• Food particles stuck between the teeth or underneath the gums
• Receding gums

All of these symptoms can also be signs of an active infection in the mouth. Since the early stages of gum disease are reversible, it is important that you get the treatment you need as early as possible.

Associates of Dental Arts offers several treatment options for loose teeth including antibiotic therapy, extractions, deep cleanings, and tooth replacement with dental implants.