Loose Teeth Treatment in Washington D.C. & Alexandria, VA
Loose teeth can be saved with quick action. Diagnosing and treating gum disease is the first step.
When gum disease becomes advanced, the gum pulls away from the surface of the teeth and the bone anchoring the teeth in place begins to deteriorate. Over time, the structures intended to hold teeth in place weaken, leading to loosened teeth and eventual tooth loss.
Loose Teeth Lead to Lost Teeth
Periodontal or gum disease is the most common reason for progressive gum recession. When gingivitis is left untreated, gum recession is almost a surety. Once pockets are formed, they will not go away without specific treatment – the method of which will vary depending on the severity of the recession and the state of the gums and teeth.
While all loose teeth aren’t caused by progressive gum disease (trauma can also loosen teeth temporarily), loose teeth are a red flag that gingivitis has progressed to periodontal disease. Early signs that gum disease is present include:
- Food becoming stuck between teeth (that previously was not an issue)
- Gum tissue inflammation
- Bleeding gums
- Accumulation of pus or clear fluid around teeth
- Gum recession
Identifying the early signs of gum disease and seeking immediate treatment for gingivitis can help prevent advanced periodontal disease, damage to gum tissues, deterioration of the underlying bone structures, and eventual tooth loss.
Early Treatment is Key for Tooth Retention
Once periodontal disease is advanced enough that teeth have become loose, specific treatments may be recommended to repair the damage and restore stability to each arch of teeth. Treatments may include:
- Localized antibiotic therapy
- Scaling and root planing
- Gum surgery
- Gum and / or bone grafts
- Tooth extractions
- Guided tissue regeneration
- Dental implants
A strict oral hygiene regimen accompanied by regularly scheduled cleanings and annual gum exams can help detect gum disease in its earliest stages, and treatment can be provided before advanced periodontitis causes teeth to become loose.
Periodontists Dr. Justin Zalewsky, Dr. Michael Hoge, and the Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry team offer a range of periodontal treatment options to the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. area, including residents seeking a periodontist in Annandale, Arlington, Burke, Chevy Chase, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Springfield. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zalewsky or Dr. Hoge, or request your appointment online.