Accessible Version
Gladnick Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
A Great Dentist
Dental Patients | Gladnick Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

What Does a Loose Tooth Mean?

April 18, 2018
|
Posted By: Dr. Thomas B. Gladnick
Man Smiling | Gladnick Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Over the past several weeks I’ve had a few patients ask me the same question:

What does it mean if my teeth are loose?

The most common reason why teeth are loose is due to the destruction of the bone around the teeth. This occurs most frequently in patients that have severe gum inflammation over a long period of time which causes the bone to be resorbed. When our teeth lose this bony support, they start to move a little bit. We call this disease periodontitis.

However, there are several other reasons why teeth could be loose. In primary teeth (baby teeth), the root of the tooth resorbs to a point where the only part of the tooth that’s left is a thin shell of enamel, barely attached to the gingiva (gums). They usually fall out on their own. Teeth that have serious infections can also become loose, as the infection destroys the bone around the teeth. Patients that have unhealthy occlusion (the way the teeth bite together) and a severe grinding habit can also experience loose teeth.

In general, unless the tooth is a baby tooth, it should never be loose. If it is, come on in and let us a take a look.

Related Blog Posts
February 1, 2023
What Can I Expect During a Dental Checkup?

Dental checkups are just as vital to your health as checkups with your physician. During these visits, your dentist checks for potential issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancers. They also provide preventive treatment to keep oral diseases at bay and offer treatment plans to correct problems like cavities, infections, and dental damage. 

Routine dental checkups are vital to your oral health and your general wellness. Several illnesses and diseases have been linked to oral health, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory conditions, and more. Our goal as your family’s dental home is to ensure your smile is healthy, problem-free, and beautiful for ...

December 18, 2022
Can Dental Crowns Be Replaced?
Close up of patient getting examined at dentist in Rockville, MD

Yes, dental crowns can be replaced in Rockville, MD. As with most restorations, dental crowns have a lifespan. While it’s true that they can last for decades—and sometimes for life—many people face dental crown replacement at some point.

If you have a loose or broken crown, you must contact your dentist in Rockville, MD, to schedule an evaluation and replacement. When your dental crown does not fit correctly, it leaves your tooth exposed to bacteria, which can lead to infection and tooth decay.

Dental crowns are tooth covers that protect and restore a vulnerable tooth. They also conceal flaws, anchor dental bridges, and top

December 7, 2022
How Long Does a Dental Cleaning Take?
Woman smiling before dental cleaning in Rockville, MD

A standard teeth cleaning for healthy patients typically takes around 45 to 60 minutes. However, patients managing gum disease may need a more extended dental cleaning or additional teeth cleanings throughout the year to keep their condition under control.

What Can I Expect During My Teeth Cleaning?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that patients see their dentist in Rockville, MD, every six months for routine teeth cleanings and checkups to maintain their smiles and dental health. 

During a teeth cleaning in Rockville, your hygienist removes the excess plaque and bacteria buildup you might've missed at home. However, plaque buildup can quickly turn into a ...

If you have difficulty using our website, please email us or call us at (301) 963-0800
View the ADA Accessibility Statement
Our office will be closed from February 6th-13th while we move to our new address. We are excited to welcome you to our new office at 14995 Shady Grove Road Suite 450, Rockville, MD 20850 on February 14th, 2023.