I’m an Adult but My Tooth Feels Loose!

June 28, 2018

Most everybody remembers what it feels like to have a loose tooth when you were a kid. Even if it was a little scary the first time, it was expected. Children can even get excited when they feel a loose tooth because it often means a visit from the tooth fairy (who might bring some money). However, when you are an adult that feels a loose tooth – it can set forth feelings of dread and despair. Adults only have one set of teeth, which means your body won’t replace a tooth that falls out. You may be even more scared about what is causing your tooth to be loose? Whatever is going on, it is important not to panic. Your dentist in Olathe, KS, can be an excellent place to turn when something awry is going on with your smile. If your tooth currently feels loose, set an appointment to see your dentist. If you are just curious about why an adult may have a loose tooth, we have listed some possible reasons below. 

Do You Have Gum Disease?

Advanced periodontitis, the most severe form of gum disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease attacks your gum tissue and can eventually erode it away along with the bone that supports your teeth. When the supportive structures for your teeth get so weak that they can no longer do their job, your teeth may start to feel loose or fall out. Noticing early signs of gum disease is your best chance of protecting your smile from the effects.

Is It From a Mouth Injury?

High impact to the mouth can lead to tooth loss. If your mouth has been affected at all in an accident or injury, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible.

Are You Pregnant?

Pregnancy hormones can alter the periodontium (the collection of bones and ligaments keeping teeth in place) to make teeth feel loose. It usually is not a cause for concern and will resolve after pregnancy. However, even while pregnant, it is important to visit your dentist for routine care or for anything abnormal.

Do Not Ignore a Loose Tooth

If you feel a loose tooth, see your dentist as soon as you can. To schedule a consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, Spring Hill, Osawatomie, Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, De Soto, Paola, Lawrence, and all surrounding communities