Gum disease symptoms may range from mild to severe and include loose or shifting teeth. Healthy adults should never have loose teeth. This is a sign of gum disease or other potentially serious health problems. If you have noticed your teeth shifting or moving easily, make an appointment with Dr. Matthew McRae Jr. in Athens, GA as soon as possible to prevent irreversible damage.
- Causes of Loose Teeth
Loose teeth can be caused by injury or trauma, but are also one of the most noticeable gum disease symptoms. Bacterial infections in the mouth put you at risk for developing gum disease. The disease causes loss of attachment between the gums and the root surfaces of your teeth, as well as destroys bone and gum tissue. The deteriorating support structures around the teeth from gum disease can cause your teeth to become loose, or move easily. If left untreated, your teeth may eventually fall out. Loose teeth can also be a symptom of other health problems that can predispose you to gum disease.
- Signs and Symptoms of Loose Teeth
There are some signs and symptoms of loose teeth that you should look out for. While these symptoms can signal loose teeth, they also usually signal severe gum disease. Damage from gum disease is irreversible, making it paramount that you seek treatment from Dr. McRae as soon as possible. The signs and symptoms include sore or inflamed gums, bleeding gums, pus buildup around the teeth, food getting stuck between the teeth or under the gums, and gum recession.
- Treatment Options
Treatments offered by Dr. McRae for loose teeth and other gum disease symptoms include deep cleanings, antibiotic therapy, bone grafts, gingival grafts, laser gum surgery, extractions, and tooth replacement with dental implants.
It is important to remember that even slight movements of the teeth are a red flag for healthy adults. If you are concerned about easily moving or shifting teeth, call Dr. McRae in Athens, GA today!
Dr. Matthew McRae, Jr. specializes in beautifying smiles and helping you improve your overall appearance. His experienced and friendly Athens, GA staff takes great pride in keeping your smile beautiful. Our promise to you is that the crowns, bridges and veneers we create will look as good as or better than the teeth nature gave you. And to make sure we keep that promise, the products we recommend and use are the highest quality and incredibly durable. You can trust your smile with us.