Thursday, September 14, 2017

Loose Teeth

When patients are suffering from loose teeth, the services offered at the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group are crucial to their recovery. A loose adult tooth is always a major problem, and the sooner it’s treated, the better.

Dentists distinguish between two kinds of occlusal trauma: primary, which is caused by mechanical damage, and secondary, which is caused by periodontal disease. Teeth that have slowly become loose over time have usually done so as a result of periodontal disease, which damages the jaw bone tissue as well as the gums. Some patients who lose the use of their back teeth attempt to compensate by chewing with their front teeth, but this pressure only serves to further push the remaining teeth out of place.

A periodontist must bring the gum infection under control before the patient’s teeth can be fixed. The recovery process usually involves the placement of a splint at some point, although it varies whether the splint will be permanent. To repair the damage to their jaw bone or prepare for an implant, a patient may need to receive a bone graft at our office.

Frederick Shaw, DDS, operates the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group at 1500 W 38th Street, Suite 34, Austin, Texas, 78731. To schedule an appointment, call 512-451-7491 or visit and fill out a contact form.


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