What are the Treatment Option for Loose Teeth?
Treatment of loosening teeth is also according to the cause of the problem. Let’s have a look at the various treatment options available for treatment of loose teeth.
- Strict Oral Hygiene Maintenance – Control of gum disease requires a joint action by the patient and the dentist. You must ensure good regular oral hygiene, and adherence to instructions by the dentist. Our dentists at Barnaby Square Dental will thoroughly clean your teeth and remove plaque and any tartar (hardened plaque, also called calculus) deposits from root surfaces under the gums. This procedure is called ‘deep’ cleaning. Our dentists will also give you advice on how to make your oral hygiene at home more effective. These measures will often result in an improvement in the gum condition and tightening of the teeth to some extent.
- Treatment of Bite Problems – In case of a poor bite causing the problem, a mechanical approach is required to modify the forces on the gum ligaments. The exact remedy will depend on each case. In some cases, occlusal (bite) improvement obtained through removing tiny amounts of enamel from excessively raised portions of tooth crowns. This redistributes the forces more evenly and may reduce the stress on the teeth. Restoration of worn out teeth and replacement of broken / chipped fillings will also have a positive effect.
- Teeth Splinting – Redistribution of biting forces is also possible in some case through splinting together (temporary or permanent) of teeth. In this way, biting forces are shared between the splinted teeth, and there are less chances of further loosening of the teeth.
- Management of Parafunctional Habits – Where the problem of loosening teeth is attributable to habitual grinding or clenching of teeth, a custom-made bite-guard is the best solution. It can be worn when one is likely to succumb to this habit, e.g., during the night or at times of stress. The bite guard is also useful against excessive wear to the teeth.
Which remedy is the best for you, can only be determined by a qualified dentist after a thorough examination and discussion with you. The best you can do is to immediately step up your oral hygiene, and seek an appointment with your dentist. ‘A stich in time can save nine’, but a delay can cost heavily, in addition to losing your natural teeth. If you have loose teeth that make eating and speaking difficult for you, then you must visit Barnaby Square Dental in Brookhaven, GA. Our expert dentists are there to take care of all your dental problems.