If you have a loose tooth due to a recent accident or trauma, contact your dentist IMMEDIATELY.
If you are a local patient of record, call our office to schedule an emergency appointment or, when our office is closed, to obtain our emergency pager number.
If a tooth has been knocked “loose”, it is especially important that you call your dentist right away. Sometimes a tooth can abscess as the result of trauma and/or turn dark. This could happen soon after the trauma or even years later. Luckily, your dentist can usually save a tooth like this with timely treatment.
Loose teeth in adults
Gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults. If you are experiencing tooth loss, or if your gums bleed when brushing and/or your teeth feel loose, schedule an appointment for a gum disease screening immediately.
Loose teeth in children
Children start to loose their teeth around 6 years of age. Tooth loss may continue until 12 or 13 years of age as permanent teeth erupt. If your child has primary teeth (“baby teeth”) past this age, contact us for an appointment. We can prevent complications that can arise from over-retained primary teeth.
Wiggling a loose baby tooth is generally fine, but never force a loose tooth out. Primary teeth are essential to the accurate guidance of permanent teeth into correct position.
Visit Pediatric Dentistry to learn more about dentistry options for your children at Groton Wellness Dental Spa.