If you have loose or shifting teeth, this may be a sign of a much bigger problem linked to your oral health. When a tooth moves easily and you have swollen gums, you might have gum disease which can be progressive if it is left untreated. Swollen gums, loose teeth, and bad breath are all symptoms of periodontal disease and must be treated as soon as possible. If you have loose teeth, set up a consultation with Dr. David Rosen for an oral evaluation as soon as possible. Dr. Rosen provides many types of periodontal treatment for Lexington, MA patients.
Causes of Loose or Shifting Teeth
Even though your teeth can become loose due to an injury or trauma to the mouth or jaw, loose teeth are also one of the side effects of progressing periodontal disease. A living infection in your mouth can eventually destroy the connective tissue holding your teeth in place, increasing your risk of tooth loss. Loose teeth can also be a side effect of certain health conditions that are affecting the connective tissues in the body or are putting you at risk for developing periodontal disease.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Loose Teeth
Some of the common signs and symptoms of loose teeth include:
• Inflammation of the gums
• Tender or swollen gums
• Bleeding gums
• Food getting stuck easily between the teeth
• Pus accumulation around the teeth
• Gum recession
The beginning stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is reversible and can be treated without extensive surgery. This is why you need to see Dr. Rosen if you notice any symptoms of gum disease.
Preventing Loose Teeth
Practicing good oral hygiene and making sure that you are getting appropriate treatment for systemic diseases that are affecting your oral health can help to prevent loose teeth. Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can boost your immune system and also keep many diseases at bay. Make sure that you are brushing and flossing your teeth regularly using the right techniques.
Treatment options for swollen gums and other symptoms of gum disease include antibiotic therapy, extractions, gingival grafts, deep cleanings, osseous surgery, and tooth replacement with dental implants.
If you are seeking periodontal treatment for Lexington, MA patients or are concerned about swollen gums, schedule your appointment with Dr. Rosen today!