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Why is My Tooth Wobbly?

25/02/2022

When a permanent, adult tooth starts to feel wobbly it can be worrying. Whether you are very proactive with your oral health or could definitely brush them more regularly, patients are generally under the illusion that their teeth will always be there. However, this isn’t the case. Poor oral hygiene can be detrimental to the teeth and gums, which over time can make your teeth wobbly and even fall out.

Keep reading to find out why your tooth is wobbly and what this means…

Gum Disease

Gum disease is the most common cause of wobbly teeth. The build-up of bad bacteria along the gumline causes the tissue and bone to erode, making your tooth loose in the socket. The best treatment for gum disease is a thorough, deep clean at the dentists where they clean under the gumline to remove any stubborn tartar that is irritating your gums and spreading the infection. A deep clean, however, will not make the tooth less wobbly.

Injury

Trauma to the face, especially the lower face and mouth, can have a catastrophic impact on your teeth and cause them to become loose. In this type of scenario, the gum surrounding the loose tooth should be able to heal and secure the tooth back into place. For this to be effective, avoid touching the loose tooth.

Tooth Grinding

A lot of people who grind their teeth in their sleep are only aware of this when they begin to get toothache or loose teeth. Tooth grinding causes not only the enamel to wear down on your teeth but also your teeth to loosen. If you notice you have started to grind your teeth, speak to your dentist who will provide you with a mouthguard to prevent further trauma to your teeth.

Pregnancy

The surges of oestrogen and progesterone during pregnancy can cause gum problems that lead to loose teeth. Once you have had your baby and your hormones have returned to normal, your gums should return to normal.

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