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).
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.
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.
Most often, a loose tooth will become progressively looser and eventually fall out. This process is frequently accompanied by pain and infection.