What to Do If You Have a Loose Tooth

Posted on: December 16, 2017

Got a loose tooth? Not quite sure what to do? There two main reasons for why someone would have a loose tooth is because they either suffered some form of dental trauma and because they are experiencing some form of advanced gum disease. Whenever we tend to have one issue with our mouth it can easily lead to having other issues, which always makes it a great idea for anyone who is experiencing any type of dental issue to see a dentist as soon as possible. For example, if the loose tooth actually comes out and is not replaced it can cause the other teeth to start shifting around, something everyone needs to avoid in order to protect their good oral health.

If you currently have a loose tooth we invite you to connect with us at your soonest convenience so that we can advise you on your next step.

What do you do if you have a loose tooth?

If the tooth is only a little bit loose it will often settle back into its natural position on its own within a few days or so. If there is any pain it should gradually turn into soreness while it is healing. During this time it is very important to avoid using the tooth when eating, which although could be difficult can truly assist with the overall healing process. Choosing to eat soft foods is also a good idea during this time. Leaving the tooth alone as much as possible is best as its heals. If it is not healed within a few days or happens to get worse, a dentist appointment is necessary.

If the tooth is very loose or has fallen partially out you will need to see a dentist as soon as possible in order to save the tooth. If necessary, the tooth needs to be put back into the socket. If it cannot be put back into the socket it must be kept in a glass of milk as the tooth needs to be kept moist. A soft cloth can be used to keep the tooth in place until the dentist appointment.

Having an emergency dental plan in place is always a good idea.

Got loose teeth?

Having a loose tooth is nothing to scoff at, especially if it is at risk of falling out. Having a full set of healthy teeth is essential to a healthy mouth. If you are currently experiencing looseness in one or more of your teeth hopefully it is just something minor that will go away in a day or two. If it happens to be something more serious and you are concerned that you might lose your tooth, please call Vanek Dentistry now at (714) 545-7157 so that we can understand your particular situation and give you the advice you need.

We welcome any questions you have about loose teeth. The more you understand about your teeth, the better able you will be to properly take care of them.


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