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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Loosened teeth

12/08/2008

Question:

NO`S 8 AN 9 WERE LOOSENED BY A TRAUMATIC BLOW TO THE UPPER MANDIBLE. WILL THEY EVENTUALLY RE-SET IN A FIRM POSITION ON THEIR OWN AND IF SO WHAT TIME FRAME WOULD BE REASONABLY EXPECTED? I AM A 67-YEAR-OLD MALE AND IN OTHERWISE EXCELLENT HEALTH. THANKS FOR A REPLY.

Answer:

They may firm back up or they may not. If you are biting hard on these teeth now, they may not firm up. If you have significant adult gum (periodontal) disease, then they may not firm up. It is also possible that one or both teeth may need root canal(s). Sometimes loosened teeth need to be splinted (stuck) together or to other firm teeth. Several weeks may be required to allow healing.

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Response by:

David Lee Hall, DDS David Lee Hall, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Primary Care
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University