Loose teeth are a problem which affects many people across different age ranges. It becomes more serious when you are beyond the age where your teeth can actually grow back on their own. The presence of loose teeth may indicate a number of underlying issues including:
- Gum disease which can lead to teeth decay as well as damage to the jawbone which supports the teeth.
- A more severe form of gum disease called Periodontitis, causes deep gum infection which loosens the tissue which holds the teeth in place.
- Trauma to the teeth which may have resulted from a fall or blunt force to the mouth. This may further cause teeth to fall out depending on the severity of damage.
- Receding gums, which reduce the contact area for gums to hold the teeth in place.
Methods of Strengthening Loose Teeth
Thankfully, there are various measures in place which can assist the efforts to retain teeth by strengthening both the teeth and their supporting structures. You may want to try natural at home remedies, use tested medical procedures or a combination of both. Six of the approaches which may be applied will be discussed in the points to follow:
Mustard oil has properties which contribute to the strengthening of the gums. Make up a mixture of about two drops of mustard oil with salt and use your fingers to rub it on to the affected gums. This will help to provide relief from pain and swelling. It penetrates a little below the gum line to address the underlying inflammation. You may apply the mixture to your entire gum line for good measure to ensure entire mouth protection. Rinse afterward with water to remove from the mouth.
Amla fruit also helps to strengthen loose gums by working at the level of the connective tissue. Mixing some of the powder into clean water to make a rinse, use this to rinse the mouth as you would a mouth wash. Do so preferably after brushing and try not to eat anything for at least another hour after the rinse. One time a day is sufficient for this treatment. You may further supplement your teeth strengthening efforts by taking Amla in the form of capsules.
Once detected in the early stages that the teeth are starting to become loose, planing is used to penetrate below the gum line to remove plaque and tartar and target an infection. In addition, any rough areas at the roots of teeth are smoothed away, to prevent plaque and bacteria from lodging and exacerbating the problem. Laser treatment may be combined for added effect to further ensure the removal of plaque and tartar.
Scaling or Cleaning Deeply
Having your dentist perform a deep cleaning is a very effective method of trying to maintain strong teeth and healthy gums. This technique is used in the later stage of the development of gum disease to remove bacteria and debris. This technique targets way below the gum line to remove heavy plaque build up and bacterial infections. A local anaesthetic is applied at the root to kill bacteria. These areas are impossible to reach with regular brushing, flossing or even an ordinary dental cleaning. Scaling gets to the heart of the periodontal infection.
Inflammation and infection are caused by bacterial build up below the gum line. The use of prescription antibiotics serves to kill bacteria and get rid of the infection. This is not necessarily a standalone treatment as it can be used along with other methods like deep cleaning and root planing for a synergistic effect. This is a short term method of treatment to address infection at a particular point in time. It is very important however because microbial infections cause bad breath and when severe may even lead to strokes, heart disease, sepsis and even premature deliveries in pregnant women. Antibiotics may be administered in the form of mouth washes, tablets or capsules, as well as gels or creams applied to the infected area right below the gum line.
Bone grafts are performed in cases where extreme damage has resulted. This involves making a graft of bone to fill out any empty spaces created by decay at the roots. This involves paring the teeth away from the gums and bone to deposit the grafted tissue. After the new bone has regenerated, the teeth or tooth can be reconnected to the bone and gums.
How to Decide?
The method you choose to address your loose tooth or teeth issues will depend on the severity of the problem. While natural remedies may help in providing immediate relief from the symptoms of loose teeth, the effects may not solve deeper issues such as bone damage. In any event they take longer to work so patience must be exercised. It is best to get the advice of a dental professional who can best guide you based on your particular circumstances.