My Front Teeth Are Loose

I had a fall and at first I couldn’t even use my front teeth to bite it was too sore and they are feeling better but are pretty loose. Should I go to a dentist?

Thanks, Toby in Georgia

Dear Toby,

Yes, we definitely recommend you see a dentist as soon as possible. Knowing that your fall has caused your front teeth to become fairly mobile can be a good indicator that you may have caused some trauma to the nerves within the teeth or have disrupted or damaged the ligaments surrounding the teeth. Another possibility is that the roots of the teeth could be broken. Your dentist will want to take dental x-rays of your teeth in order to properly diagnosis any damage that may have occurred from your fall. If there is no damage to the nerves at this time and the roots are not damaged we recommend that you have your dentist put some type of retainer or dental splint behind your front teeth to stabilize them and keep them in there current position. If you have nerve damage which leads to a tooth infection in any of your teeth it may not show up right away in an x-ray. Signs of an infected tooth are a constant dull ache, sensitive to temperature especially hot liquids or foods, and sensitive to pressure. If the nerve has been damaged and the tooth is savable then your dentist will most likely recommend a root canal and a dental crown in order to save the tooth. If the root is cracked then your only option is to have the tooth extracted because a cracked root is not repairable. If this is the case then you may be a good candidate for a dental implant or dental bridge.

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