What causes a loose tooth?

A loose tooth can be caused by the loss of bone around the tooth (“periodontal disease”), a broken root of the tooth (trauma) or a widened space between the root and the bone that the tooth sits in (infection or long-term stress).

Who is at high risk for a loose tooth?

Some people are more susceptible than others to having a loose tooth. The people at high risk for having a loose tooth are those with: Advanced periodontal disease. An unbalanced bite. Excessive bite forces. Traumatic injuries to teeth. Infections around teeth.

What can I do to minimize my risk of a loose tooth in the future?

Your dentist will make recommendations to manage the specific loose tooth risk factors that apply to you. Here are some things that may be recommended: Periodontal management procedures. “Equilibrating” or balancing your bite. Wearing a night guard. Wearing a sports guard. Treating any infections associated with your teeth.