What Causes Loose Teeth?
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.
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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:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "loose teeth" as a symptom. Here are two possibilities:
- Periodontal Disease
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
loss of height
history of broken bones
gums that bleed easily
mouth breathing while sleeping
losing teeth to periodontal disease
history of stress fractures
limited lifetime sun exposure
having poor posture
long-term low-carb dieting
dairy product consumption
slight diffuse bone pain
... and so on
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of loose teeth:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Mouth/Oral Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about loose teeth:
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.
→ Don't know
→ Yes, one
→ More than 4 teeth
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no loose teeth, one loose tooth, a few loose teeth or many loose teeth, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Osteoporosis - Osteopenia
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]
Periodontal Disease - Gingivitis
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.
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