Do I have a loose tooth sensation or is my tooth actually loose?

Q. Do I have a loose tooth sensation or is my tooth actually loose?

Answered by
Dr. Akhil K P
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 30, 2018 and last reviewed on: Sep 15, 2023

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 mentioned above. Is what I have just a loose sensation or is the tooth actually loose? I brush twice daily and use mouthwash once a day. If I continue my current cleaning regime, will the tooth tighten back into place?



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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 (trauma from occlusion), which leads to swelling of the structures supporting the tooth, an infection to the minute fibers which holds the tooth in position or certain habits (grinding). A consultation with your local dentist is recommended. The treatment depends on the underlying cause and needs an in-person consultation. You may practice the oral hygiene you have been following.

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