Dentists can sometimes save an adult tooth that becomes loose from trauma using a procedure known as splinting, explains Advanced Dental Care of Austin. Teeth that are loose due to gum disease require treatments such as dental scaling, root planing and medication, depending on disease severity.Continue Reading
Thousands of periodontal ligaments help hold each individual tooth in position, notes Advanced Dental Care of Austin. Trauma can cause these ligaments to stretch, resulting in the affected teeth becoming loose in their sockets. In some cases, a dentist can bond a splint to a loose tooth to keep it in place while these ligaments have a chance to heal. The splint anchors the loose tooth to its neighboring teeth so that it does not move.
Sometimes tooth trauma is not due to a single incident, such as an accident, but rather to tooth grinding at night. Patients who have loose teeth as a result of grinding may also receive instructions to wear a nightguard while they sleep to minimize the stress placed on their teeth ligaments, explains Advanced Dental Care of Austin.
Patients who present with loose teeth from gum disease must first undergo a deep teeth cleaning consisting of dental scaling and root planing to eliminate plaque buildup beneath the gums, notes Advanced Dental Care of Austin. They may also require antibiotics to address infections or medication to shrink deep periodontal pockets. In certain severe cases, one or more loose teeth cannot be saved and require extraction.Learn more about Dental
Dentists use a procedure called a root canal to remove infected or inflamed pulp within a tooth and prevent tooth loss, explains the American Association of Endodontists. The dentist drills into the tooth to expose the pulp inside. Once the dentist clears the inside of the tooth of the affected pulp, she cleans the inside of the tooth to remove any lingering bacteria and fills the hollow space within the tooth.Full Answer >
An infection after a root canal refers to a potentially dangerous infection of the tooth after the procedure due to improper sterilization or sealing. Improper treatment during a root canal operation can lead to bacteria remaining or being sealed into the tooth that received the operation.Full Answer >
According to Southeast Family Dental, the amount of time it takes for an adult tooth to come in after a child loses his baby tooth depends on the individual child's situation. Normally, it takes a child anywhere from seven days to six months to grow a permanent tooth.Full Answer >
If you develop dry socket after the dental extraction of a permanent adult tooth, the pain generally starts three to four days after the tooth is removed. The most common complication after tooth extraction, especially after the removal of a wisdom tooth, is dry socket.Full Answer >