If a Tooth Feels Loose, Does This Mean It Needs to Be Pulled?

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The most common cause of loose teeth in adults is trauma from gum disease. However, loose teeth may also arise as a result of unconsciously grinding or clenching your teeth or injury to the mouth or facial area after falling or getting hit during a sporting event.

If you experience a loose tooth, you may wonder what you need to do. While it may be tempting to pull the tooth on your own, we highly discourage doing so. If you pull a loose tooth on your own, you can face significant pain and may prompt an infection.

You may be surprised to learn that loose adult teeth typically tighten up on their own. Therefore, rather than assuming your tooth need to be pulled, visit our office. A dentist will assess your loose tooth and determine the best course of action.

If your tooth is a bit loose, a dentist will probably tell you to wait to see if it tightens up. However, if it continues to loosen, a dentist may eventually need to pull it and replace it with a dental implant or another restorative dental solution.

To prevent loose teeth, we encourage you to practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis and visiting our office every six months or so.

Contact Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Instead of pulling your loose tooth, it is in your best interest to consult a dentist at our office. Contact us today 703-439-1214 to schedule an appointment.