Loose or shifting teeth are often a warning sign of bigger problems. This condition can be accompanied by swollen gums and tenderness, which are usually symptoms of a gum infection. Teeth should never move easily in healthy adults. If you are experiencing loose teeth or teeth that move easily, call Dr. Kenneth Peavy’s office in Winston-Salem, NC as soon as possible. We will be able to identify the problem, and hopefully treat it before your gum infection causes irreversible damage such as tooth loss.
Loose teeth can result from trauma or injuries, but are often a result of a gum infection, or advanced periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection in your mouth that causes the attachment structures in your mouth to fail. The bone and gum tissue begin to degrade, eventually causing loose teeth and even tooth loss.
Loose teeth can also have some signs and symptoms that occur in conjunction with this condition. Tender or swollen gums, bleeding gums, pus buildup around the teeth, and gum recession are some of the symptoms occurring frequently with loose teeth and gum infections. These symptoms are signs of advanced periodontal disease. Many of the effects of advanced periodontal disease are irreversible, making it imperative to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Practicing good oral hygiene on a daily basis, eating healthy and exercising, and seeing Dr. Peavy for maintenance cleanings and evaluations are the best steps to take to avoid losing teeth. If you are experiencing loose teeth, our practice offers a number of treatment options including scaling and root planing, laser gum surgery, antibiotic therapy, bone grafts, gingival grafts, extractions, and tooth replacement with dental implants.
If you have noticed swollen gums, loose teeth, or think you may have a gum infection, call Dr. Peavy in Winston-Salem, NC to make an appointment today. It is important to remember that even slight movements of your teeth can be a warning sign. We are caring and compassionate dental professionals dedicated to meeting your needs.