Loose Teeth caused by Tartar Removal
The accumulation of tartar and calculus can be a common event for many adult patients. The inability to maintain routine hygiene treatments and/or cumulative effects of not following a schedule of optimal oral health care habits for adult populations will often lead to bacteria that can seep into gum tissues and eventually dissolve bone tissue.
Thick accumulations of tartar, oddly enough, will serve to "hold" a tooth in place while precious bone health and mass, beneath the gums, slowly erodes away.
Removing Tartar Deposits Causes New Symptoms
New or Increased Sensitivity: Many patients complain of tooth sensitivity after deep cleaning. The layer of tartar and calculus actually functions as an insulating agent while the tooth structure and soft tissues become increasingly compromised. Removal of this "insulating layer" commonly produces an immediate sensitivity issue that may take time to resolve if the enamel is still healthy.
Professional grade products are available from the dentist to help manage extreme cases of sensitivity and discomfort.
New Loose Teeth:
Removal of the tartar and calculus, typically performed with electro-static or laser based instruments, while being very thorough in removing the diseased material, can effectively remove thicknesses of foreign matter that not only reveal the destructive effects upon the individual teeth but also certain amounts of bone loss surrounding each tooth.
Periodontal attachment is typically compromised, requiring treatments that may provide opportunity for reattachments.
In general terms, the thicker the accumulation of tartar... the more likely there will be increased bone and soft tissue loss.
Bonding Treatment for Loose Teeth
Todays advancements in composite resin bonding products can do a wonderful job of restoring chipped teeth, amalgam filling replacements, minor sizing disparities and even resurfacing unattractive tooth enamel. Some of the newer products now rival the restorative properties of porcelain tooth treatments.
As reasonable as it may seem, the use of dental bonding on loose or weak teeth may actually make things worse.
All infection issues must be resolved before restorative treatments are considered. Periodontal gum laser therapies (PerioLase and Biolase technologies) along with other traditonal periodontal therapies can be used to eradicate the disease process and promote reattachment of the periodontal ligaments.
In cases where reattachment has been successfully confirmed, bonding treatments for cosmetic purposes may recommended.
In the event tooth looseness remains, other reconstructive treatments including implants, bridgework or other prosthetics may be recommended to provide the best tooth replacement solution.
Marie C. Schweinebraten, DMD
2925 Premiere Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097