Loose teeth can be attributed to injury or decay but are generally symptomatic of advanced periodontal disease. At this stage, immediate intervention is necessary to stave off the ultimate loss of tooth and bone. Dr. Charles McBrayer, the periodontist in Hixson, TN, can diagnose your gum disease and provide you with treatment options to correct your loose teeth.
If your loose teeth are due to periodontal disease, you may be experiencing additional symptoms, such as red, inflamed, or receding gums, bad breath, or your gums may bleed when brushing or flossing. These symptoms are caused by an infection that develops when bacteria accumulate in the plaque that builds on your teeth. Normally, this plaque would be removed during routine home care or professional dental visits. However, if you neglect to brush and floss regularly or if you miss dental cleaning appointments, it does not take long for the bacteria to settle into the plaque and spread to your gum tissue.
Treatments for Loose Teeth
If you need a periodontist in Hixson, TN to treat your loose teeth, Dr. McBrayer offers several periodontal therapies:
• Antibiotics can be placed in between the teeth and gums to treat the infection at the root.
• Deep cleanings will allow Dr. McBrayer to clear away the plaque and bacteria that is present below the gum line.
• The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) eliminates the bacteria that cause gum disease and removes infected tissue utilizing laser technology, without scalpels.
• Extractions are, of course, a last resort. In this case, tooth replacement would also be recommended.
Preventing Loose Teeth
The best method of prevention is good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth a minimum of twice daily and floss every day. Schedule your regular appointments for professional cleanings and checkups with Dr. McBrayer. He can alert you to any problem areas and recommend minor treatments to prevent further damage to your teeth and gums.