Many people who come to us with loose teeth in Durham, NC are experiencing one of the many symptoms of gum disease, which can only be treated with professional periodontal care. Unfortunately, loose teeth from gum disease often lead to tooth loss. But new treatments, such as laser gum therapy provided by Dr. Michael Richter, are giving patients with loose teeth a second chance.
Symptoms of Gum Disease and Risk of Tooth Loss
- Loose teeth
- Tender, inflamed gums
- Bleeding gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Gum recession
- Food stuck between teeth
- Chronic bad breath
Why Teeth Become Loose and What to Do About It
Injury and trauma can make teeth loose but for many patients, gum disease is to blame. This happens during the mid to late stages of the disease when bacteria have destroyed a significant amount of connective tissue and bone, which is what keeps teeth anchored. In the past, patients with gum disease and loose teeth were likely to lose those teeth, although getting treatment would curtail further loss. Today, treatment options have expanded and more patients are holding onto their natural teeth.
- Laser technology
- Can now be used to not only remove bacteria and disease with minimal discomfort and stress but potentially save teeth that are at risk of being lost. While not every loose tooth can be saved, some can and others will also have a much greater chance of survival after a laser therapy treatment for gum disease. This is especially true of patients who already have missing teeth, which causes further bone deterioration and increases the risk of additional tooth loss. Laser is scientifically proven to stimulate bone and increases density in the jaw.
- Dental implants
- Are another effective way to replace missing teeth and preserve bone density because they behave the same way tooth roots do, engaging the jaw and stimulating the bone with every bite and chew. Replacing missing teeth as soon as possible with implants is also important to preventing other teeth from attempting to shift, drift, or otherwise fill the missing space.
Dr. Richter offers effective options for treating gum disease, replacing missing teeth, and addressing loose teeth in Durham, NC. Call our office today for your consultation.