What To Do About a Loose Tooth

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What To Do About a Loose Tooth

Do you have a wobbly tooth? There are several possible causes. It’s common to lose teeth up until your teen years. Losing teeth between the ages of 6 and 12 is normal and it isn’t usually a symptom of a bigger issue. You’re likely shedding baby teeth, but permanent teeth require attention and extra care.

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Once we enter the teen years, teeth won’t fall out unless there’s an accident or underlying problem. Tooth loss can be caused by excessive pressure (such as grinding teeth or jaw clenching, which can happen during sleep) or the result of an oral infection (usually from bad oral hygiene, leaving bacteria and plaque on teeth).

See a Dentist

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It’s very important for teenagers and adults to seek professional help if a tooth comes loose, whatever the reason. If you grind your teeth at night, you might experience numbness or pain in your jaw and gums. You can have your dentist create a custom a mouth guard which can help prevent damage from grinding and protect teeth. If you have an infection, you will likely need a round of antibiotics and possibly pain medication for a short time, depending on the intensity of the infection and how long it’s existed. An infected tooth may need to be removed by a dentist or oral surgeon.

If you feel like a tooth is loose, get answers as soon as possible. At Dr. Urszula Barrios dentistry practice in Guelph, we offer treatment for both adults and children. We always welcome new patients! Contact us by phone (519) 767-6453 or email (info@guelphdentist.com) to request an appointment.