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A tooth may be loose for one of several reasons. Decide the reason before giving the treatment.
|IF THE TOOTH IS
|THE BEST |
|a new permanent tooth is growing under it.|
|gum disease or an old
abscess has eaten the
bone around its roots.
|the root has been broken.||Take out both parts of the tooth. If you have trouble taking out the broken root, leave it and try again a week later.|
|the bone around its root is cracked. (The bone moves when you push against the tooth.)||Do not take out the tooth. If you do, the bone will come out with it. Instead, hold the tooth with wires.|
A tooth may also be loose because another tooth is biting too hard against it
- You can feel the tooth move when the upper and lower teeth meet.
- That tooth hurts.
You need to remove a bit of each of the teeth that are biting too hard. Use either a dental worker’s drill, a small file, or a hard stone.
- Smooth the inside edge of the upper tooth.
- Smooth the outside edge of the lower tooth.