Loose Teeth and Gum Disease - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Gum Disease Can Cause Loose Teeth

Loose teeth are most often an indication that there is an active gum infection caused by excessive oral bacteria. Drs. Tom and Mark McCawley treat patients with loose teeth in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area with effective laser treatment designed to remove bacteria and strengthen loose teeth.

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Gum Infection and Loose Teeth

Most gum infections are preventable with proper oral hygiene at home, or brushing and flossing daily, and regular visits for professional cleanings and examinations.

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If a gum infection does develop, taking action as soon as possible is important because excess oral bacteria can eventually lead to tooth loss unless treated with professional periodontal care. Without it, the bacteria will grow, destroying gum tissue first and then harming teeth and bone.

Healthy gum tissue provides natural protection to the tooth roots. Once the tissue starts to recede from bacterial infections, the roots are exposed and the teeth are in real danger of becoming loose. If teeth are lost, further bone loss is inevitable. Dr. McCawley can often save loose teeth and prevent further bone loss with laser therapy when patients seek treatment immediately.

Treating Gum Infections and Loose Teeth

  • Periodontal disease treatment
    • Treating a gum infection early is the best way to prevent loose teeth. Early intervention will stop bacteria from going beyond the gums so that the teeth and bone remain healthy and unharmed. If a gum infection progresses, and loose teeth are already a problem, Drs. Tom and mark McCawley can help control the bacteria and may even be able to save teeth from being lost. Laser therapy is scientifically proven to generate bone growth around existing teeth, giving them a healthier foundation.
  • Dental Implants
    • When teeth are lost, replacing them is important. Missing teeth cause bone deterioration and the longer they are missing, the more bone you will likely lose. Dental implants are designed to take the place of real teeth in both function and fit. They are surgically planted in the jaw bone to keep it stimulated and strong every day. If bone loss has occurred, Drs. Tom and Mark McCawley may suggest bone grafting before implant surgery.

Signs of a Gum Infection:

  • Gums bleed easily and appear red or inflamed
  • Teeth feel more sensitive or painful
  • Food particles remain in the gum line
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Teeth are unstable or loose
  • Gum recession is present

Loose teeth lead to missing teeth and further bone loss. If you have symptoms of a gum infection, Drs. Tom and Mark McCawley can provide treatment to heal your gums and save your teeth