Q. Does grinding cause loosening of teeth?

Answered by
Dr. Naseer Ahmad Bhat
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 14, 2018 and last reviewed on: Oct 05, 2020

Hi doctor,

I have noticed that my first molar is loose. I keep pushing it with my tongue and clenching a bit against it and I just noticed that it has become loose little more. I have my wisdom teeth and I think it might be applying pressure forward on these teeth. I read in a book that day grinding can cause a teeth to loosen, which is easier to treat. There is no pain and the teeth look healthy. I always clench my teeth but it never caused any looseness.



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I have gone through your query and you are having a habit of grinding your teeth during the night, that is called as bruxism and the symptomatic treatment for that is the use of mouth guards. I recommend you visit a dentist and get it checked. Your treatment depends on the grade of mobility. So, I am not quite sure about what grade of mobility you are having. The mobility can be in grade 1 or grade 2. If it is in grade 1, it will resolve on its own and if it is in grade 2, you need to go for scaling and root planing that is a 15 minutes procedure done only in the surgical environment. You can get mouth guards for your nightwear at any sports shop or get customed ones by giving an impression of your dental arch at the dental clinic.

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Thank you doctor,

If it is in grade 1, you mean that the teeth will be loose in one direction. It moves from front to back and it is not from night grinding but it is from day grinding. I am making an appointment with my dentist but I wanted to know whether this needs an immediate action to be taken. The grade of mobility is low, I can feel it moving but it does not move enough for me.



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It takes a long time for a teeth to become loose and if it does so, it takes enough time to retrieve back to its normal position. So, stay safe, the dentist will prefer for hand scaling and root planing for the mobile teeth and will recommend you to massage your gums after every meal that will accelerate your healing process.

Regarding your grinding habit, why do you grind your teeth? Are you having any kind of trouble or depression? Psychological depression is considered to be one of the main reasons for grinding. So if it is like that, I suggest you please do make an appointment with your psychologist that will benefit you and please stop poking because it will worsen the condition.

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