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Experience:  Clinical instructor, NYU College of Dentistry; 37 years private practice experience in general dentistry, member Academy of General Dentistry, ADA
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Can you stop a loose tooth from falling out

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Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Mark Bornfeld, DDS replied 9 years ago.

That depends on how loose and why there is looseness.

For example, a tooth may become loose due to a traumatic blow, which can widen the bony socket that supports its root; this will naturally provide room for the root to move around. Eventually, and especially in the case of a child or adolescent, the bone will grow back to contact the root on all sides, causing it to tighten up.

However, if a tooth has loosened due to bone destruction from chronic inflammatory disease, the probability of retaining the tooth is diminished. At the very least, the condition that damaged the supporting bone must be treated successfully if there is any hope of the tooth being retained. There are some procedures-- most notably bone grafting-- that can allow a tooth to be retained and improve its stability in select cases.

I suggest that you consult with your dentist to explore whether the factors leading to the loosening of your tooth are amenable to treatment.

Good luck!