Loose teeth can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose loose teeth, we could:
Are any of your teeth noticeably loose? A very small amount of tooth movement is normal. Only mention movement that seems to be more than it used to be or which is accompanied by pain. Do not include teeth that are loose due to past trauma/injury.
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ Yes, one
→ More than 4 teeth
The brittle bone disease osteoporosis affects all the bones in your body – including your jaw bone – and can cause tooth loss. Several studies show that people with loose or weak teeth are at increased risk for developing osteoporosis.
[J Bone Miner Res. 1993 (Dec); 8 (Suppl 2): pp.S443-S606]
[J Am Dent Assoc. 1993; 124: pp.49-56]
[J Bone Miner Res. 1994; 9 (Suppl 1): p.S211]
[Lancet Editorial 1995 (April 8); 345: pp.876]
As gingivitis progresses, the gums recede and bacteria break down the supporting structure of bone. Teeth loosen, sometimes causing a change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together when biting down or a change in the fit of partial dentures.