One of the most common dreams adults have is of unexpectedly losing all of their teeth. If you wake up from your dream and you immediately count your teeth, you are not the only one. While many people dream about losing their teeth, no adult wants to begin actually losing their teeth. If you suddenly find you have a loose tooth, what should you do?
Trauma and Loose Teeth
One of the biggest reasons adults have loose teeth is due to trauma to the face and mouth. Face trauma represents about 20 percent of all traumatic injuries, according to the American Dental Association. If you receive a blow to the mouth, there is a chance one or more of your teeth may loosen after the swelling goes down.
Usually, if you have a loose tooth due to trauma, a dentist can splint your loose tooth to the surrounding teeth to give your tooth a chance to strengthen. Sometimes, a dentist will also put a crown on your tooth to strengthen it.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
You can also have loose teeth due to tooth decay or gum disease. Bacteria are responsible for both gum infections and cavities. If you have cavities and you do not have them repaired and filled, you will eventually lose your tooth due to infection. Gum disease can lead to infected and receding gums, which can cause your teeth to fall out.
The best way to prevent cavities and gum infections is to brush and floss every day and get your teeth checked out by our dentist twice a year. Depending on whether you have cavities or gum infection, our dentist can get rid of the cavity and fill the tooth. If the tooth is unstable, the dentist can fit the tooth with a crown. If you see our dentist regularly, deep gum cleanings can keep your gums as healthy and infection-free as possible.
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