Loose Permanent Tooth

A loose permanent tooth could be the result of an injury, teeth grinding, or gum disease. Adults and children with loose teeth should not expect one to grow back in its place if it is lost.

Therefore, if you suspect your child’s tooth is loose, consult your family dentist immediately. There are treatments which can fix a loose tooth and prevent it from falling out.

Pre-Dental Care Instructions

A loose tooth should be taken care of as soon as possible. Typically a loose tooth can be saved if it’s addressed within two hours. Follow these instructions while your child waits to see the dentist:

  • Lightly rinse the loose tooth with warm water, saline or saliva.
  • Ensure the tooth is facing the correct way in the socket.
  • Keep the loose tooth level with other teeth by pressing the crown lightly with your thumb.
  • Bite down on a wad of cloth to keep the loose tooth from wiggling.
  • Get to the dentist as soon as possible.

Treatment Methods for Loose Permanent Tooth

There are several treatments to fix a loose permanent tooth.

  1. For a loose tooth that has become loose from gum disease (bacterial infection, hardened plaque deposits, gingivitis or periodontitis), a deep cleaning can help remove harmful bacteria and plaque.
  2. Tooth splinting joins the loose tooth to the teeth on either side with a small piece of metal for extra support.
  3. An occlusal guard, mouth guard, or night guard will help protect teeth from grinding at night.
  4. In order to protect the loose tooth, your child’s dentist may suggest a bite adjustment, where small amounts of tooth enamel are removed to protect the tooth as it heals.
  5. Periodontal surgery will help to rebuild and repair diseased gum tissue for advanced cases of gum disease.

Kool Smiles Fixes Loose Permanent Teeth for Children

Don’t worry when your child gets a loose tooth—the dentists and dental professionals at Kool Smiles can help keep your family’s smile happy and healthy. Children with loose permanent teeth can expect affordable, quick service from our highly skilled staff.

With over 120 locations in 15 states, plus Washington, D.C., it is simple to find a Kool Smiles in your area. Schedule a visit with a Kool Smiles dentist before a minor issue becomes a serious one.

Our Kool Smiles offices accept many forms of payment, including cash, credit card, CareCredit, and most insurance providers. We even accept Medicaid, TRICARE, and SCHIP, and we never limit the number of Medicaid patients we will see.

Call us or visit our website today for more information.

———-

Sources:

Oral Answers: http://www.oralanswers.com/nine-steps-to-take-when-your-permanent-tooth-gets-knocked-out-of-your-mouth/

Colgate: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/gum-disease/article/what-is-gingivitis-signs-and-symptoms

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm

Colgate: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/bruxism/article/mouth-guard-for-teeth-grinding-five-signs-you-need-one-0214

CareCredit: http://www.carecredit.com/faqs/