Loose Teeth and Gum Disease

Do you have loose or separating teeth? Are the gums pulling away or receding from your teeth?

If the loose tooth is not from an injury, then it’s most likely caused by gum disease. This is true, of course, in adults.

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition caused by a bacterial infection. Gum disease is a low grade, chronic infection of the gums surrounding your teeth. Bacterial plaque lives in your mouth and attaches to your teeth (both above the gum line and below). If enough collects under your gum and remains long enough, an infection will start.

It’s a serious disease that causes your gum tissue to loosen their hold on your teeth resulting in loose teeth. The infection destroys the attachment fibers and weakens the supporting bone that actually hold the teeth in your mouth. The bone actually dissolves.

Often, you have no idea this is happening until the periodontal disease has reached advanced stages. It can be painless and you remain unaware of it until symptoms such as loose teeth, gum bleeding, receding gums and chronic bad breath appear. It is often years, by the way, before the worst symptoms appear.

The good news is that gum disease can be treated effectively and many of the symptoms can be reversed. This includes the looseness of your teeth. Often, once the plaque, infection and inflammatory toxins are removed from your gums and teeth by your periodontist, the looseness will resolve completely.

The laser treatment of gum disease is particularly effective because of the advantages they offer. The precision of lasers can minimize damage to the surrounding tissue, provide speed to the dentist, and allow more delicate and precise procedures to be done with greater patient comfort.

Dr. Sayre-Carstairs, a Periodontist serving the Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo areas, is an expert in laser dentistry and has the only dental laser within 100 miles of her San Luis Obispo office. She is highly trained in periodontics and has over 20 years of experience.

Watch this video about a pain-free treatment of gum disease.

Dr. Lynn Sayre-Carstairs has 2 offices conveniently located for SLO County residents and commuters.

Her San Luis Obispo periodontics office (Coast Periodontics) is located at 620 California Blvd., Suite L, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 and can be called at (805) 545-9400.

The Paso Robles Periodontist Office is at 143 Niblick Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446 and can be reached at (805) 238-4222.