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Loose Teeth

A loose tooth is a sign that the tooth is going to fall off, or there is some pathology associated with the tooth. The common causes of loose teeth are gum disease (gingivitis, periodontitis), pregnancy, tooth injury, diabetes, osteoporosis, etc. Depending on the cause, the treatment options include scaling and root planing, mouth rinses, bone graft surgery, and bite splints.

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How to treat my front tooth that is loose and crooked?

Query: Hi doctor, My front tooth is going to fall out. It is very crooked and loose for about four to five years. Then, I started to have anxiety, and I am grinding my teeth bad. It got looser and looser for the past couple of years. Now, I have deep, sharp pains in my gums on that side. It hurts me a lot...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurav Kumar Pandey

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have mild inflammation in the gums. Your front teeth are not organized in the arch. Please send a front view of your anterior teeth. You need a clinical examination followed by a dent...  Read Full »

My lower tooth started moving after wisdom teeth removal. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, Around six months ago, I removed four wisdom teeth (one tooth per month). I remember the first two were not very painful, but the third and the fourth ones, especially the fourth, gave me really bad headaches and it even made my whole cheek swell for a few days. Anyways, I also noticed ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Braces are not good for the time being. Allow the molar tooth to become firm. Get an X-ray done to confirm whether there is any periodontal recession. The bone support may be very less at the area behind where the wisdom tooth was removed, hence more mobility to fro...  Read Full »

My 4.5 years old son has loose upper front teeth. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,My son hit his mouth on the bathtub while playing when he was nine months old, causing both top front teeth to be pushed up into his gums. They came back down, and the dentist said they were fine. Now he is four and half years old, one of the teeth is ready to fall, and his dentist wants t...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the x-rays that you have attached to the complaint (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The permanent front teeth seem ready to erupt. The perfect age for the permanent front teeth to erupt is between five and six years. That is the reason his d...  Read Full »

I want to use a mouthwash for gum issues. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a little dental dilemma and was hoping you could shed some light on it. I have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, and my dentist is recommending surgery because I have some loose teeth and my gums bleed quite a bit. I have heard that using mouthwash can be helpful for gum ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to At 58 years of age and with diabetes, there is an increased risk of failure of such surgical intervention. So it is better just to get your teeth and gums cleaned by a dentist first. Then, use a Betadine or Chlorhexidine mouthwash twice daily after meals. Always brus...  Read Full »

Why are the gums lose around my teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old. It feels like my front six teeth are clicking. I saw a bit of blood whilst brushing my teeth, so flossed more rigorous than usual and now I feel like they are moving. My gums look healthy and I swilled with salt water as it is supposed to be good for healing. Seven year...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You should keep using salt water gargle as much as possible. Some mobility is common for a person who had braces in the past. Do not floss too much or too deep. Wisdom tooth eruption causes mobility all over the teeth due to its constant pushing forward. Do not worry t...  Read Full »

My retained primary tooth is loose. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 17 years old. I have a loose tooth that I believe to be one of my primary teeth. My questions are, does that make it an over-retained primary tooth? If it is an over-retained primary tooth, does that mean that if it falls out, will my permanent tooth will grow in or is it possib...  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First of all, based on your age, it must be definitely a retained deciduous or primary tooth as it is mobile, because rarely in this age tooth mobility can occur (unless you have any gum disease). So, the treatment for the retained tooth is removal. Kindly send me a ...  Read Full »

My front tooth are loose. How can it be fixed?

Query: Hello doctor, One of my front bottom teeth feels ever so loose. I give it a gentle push with my tongue and feel a movement sensation. However, when I look at it in a mirror and try to wiggle it to check if it is definitely loose, you cannot see it moving at all, nor can I feel the sensation mentione...  Read Full »

Dr. Akhil K P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Unless the tooth is visibly moving, there is less to worry about. The sensation you are feeling could be due to a number of reasons like less space for the tooth to be in position (crowding), the excessive force from the opposing teeth (tr...  Read Full »

What is the tiny tissue that is hanging after pulling a loose tooth in my 5-year-old daughter?

Query: Hello doctor, My 5-year-old daughter had a very loose tooth two days ago. It was barely hanging on and getting in the way of her eating. We pulled the tooth out, and she said it hurt a little even though it was barely attached. There is now a tiny piece of tissue sticking up out of the hole where h...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw the pictures attached (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). It is important to confirm that you have pulled the entire tooth. If yes, then I advise you to wait for three days and follow general instructions like having a soft diet, bland f...  Read Full »

Can retainers cause my molar to be slightly wiggly?

Query: Hello doctor, I suspect that I have receding gums. My molar tooth is slightly wiggly but does not affect my eating at all. There is a black line (kind of denting in) on the side of my molar. I do put on retainers, but not very regularly. Could that be why my molar is shaky?   Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, you do have a little bit of gingival recession (attachment removed to protect patient identity) but it is not too much to be treated with surgical intervention. You need to replace your brush and use an ultra-soft brush. Avoid soft drinks if you are taking too much...  Read Full »

My partner feels the dentist will remove his teeth. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My partner has type-2 diabetes and has lost several teeth. I am trying to talk him into a dentist visit, not necessarily to walk out with implants or dentures, but to just get an exam and a cleaning done. He believes that the few teeth he does have left will not survive even something ...  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to How are you doing? First of all, do not worry. Maybe he is afraid of dental visits because of previous experiences. Uncontrolled diabetes can cause bone loss and hence tooth mobility, in conjunction with improper oral hygiene. Since I do not know the condition of his r...  Read Full »

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