A wobbly tooth is a process in which one or more teeth come loose and fall out. Tooth loss is normal for baby teeth (deciduous teeth), when they are replaced by a person's adult teeth. Otherwise, losing teeth is undesirable and is the result of injury or disease.
What it might be
If you are a child, it could be a wobbly baby tooth. Keep wobbling it, as the adult tooth is trying to come through. If you are concerned, please come and see me for a private consultation if you are under 13 years old, or see your local dental nurse for free!
If you are over 18 years old, it could could be advanced gum disease or due to an accident (which may be covered under ACC). There are many possible causes, so please come for a consultation from $68.
SOLUTIONS FOR a WOBBLY TooTH
The wobbly adult tooth is likely to be lost at some stage, possibly due to gum disease, and it is really important to ensure we try and delay loss of any other teeth in your mouth. When you see our dentist for an assessment, we check the severity of the gum disease, refer to our hygienist for treatment, or the specialist John Whelan.
We can do a planned removal of the wobbly tooth in conjunction with our denture laboratory: we can manufacture a temporary denture which takes 10 working days, remove the wobbly tooth and place the denture at the same time. This means you always have a tooth in the space, albeit now a plastic one. Click here to find out your options of replacing a missing tooth.