The most common causes of loose tooth in adults are periodontal or gum disease and an accidental injury involving the jaw. During vehicular accidents, sports injuries, or any confrontations, a person must seek immediate treatment. The dentist can assess the severity of the damage and the examination must take place as soon as possible before further damage occurs. In cases of accidents, the tooth often tightens back on itself within a short time, usually two weeks. However, if it fails to tighten, then the patient needs to check with his dentist again.
Severe gum disease can not only cause the tooth to loosen, it also causes the tooth to literally fall out of the mouth. Gum disease can be successfully treated if it is caught during its early stages. Prevention of any gum disease is best than to have treatment. However, if a person experience swollen gums and loose teeth, one must immediately seek dental treatment in order to know how to fix the loose teeth. The people who experience falling teeth are those that did not follow through with the periodontal treatment and good oral hygiene habits after treatment.
During treatment, the pockets on the tooth will be measured and root planning will be done, a deep scaling and cleaning at the base line of the teeth to remove the plaque and tartar build up from the tooth underneath the gums and at the gum line. The areas of the gums may appear red, inflamed or may look whiter than the other oral tissues and puffy.
The root planning procedure can help return the normal health of the gums. A patient may be given antibiotics and a special mouthwash to help combat the bacteria in the body. A root planning by a dentist in a lot of periodontal diseases is enough to cure the problem and tighten loose teeth. However, due to some severe periodontal disease, a dentist may refer a patient to a periodontist for further cleaning and scaling.
There are also effective ways on how to strengthen and fix loose teeth at home. Eating foods that are rich in calcium such as dairy products is one of the effective ways to treat this dilemma. Calcium food supplements can be taken if these calcium rich foods are not available. One can also squeeze half a lemon to a glass of water and substitute it as the regular mouthwash to kill the dental-problem-causing bacteria.