Signs a Tooth Is Going to Fall Out and Your Options for Treatment By Alex Hecht on March 28, 2024

dentist presenting an extracted tooth to a patient with a sore jaw

We’ve talked about getting dental implants to treat missing teeth on this blog quite a few times. Today, let’s shift our focus a little and look at tooth loss. More specifically, the team here at Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist in the WoodrowSouth ShoreNY-area wants to focus on some warning signs that you’re going to lose a tooth.

Recognizing these symptoms early means there’s a chance to save a tooth before it falls out. If you notice any of the following warning signs of tooth loss, please get in touch with us to set up an appointment.

The Tooth Is Loose

Remember when you lost your baby teeth? Think back to that feeling when the tooth was just starting to come loose. If you notice one of your permanent teeth doesn’t feel stable and might be wiggling around, that’s a cause for concern.

Toothaches and Tooth Sensitivity

Is one of your teeth sensitive to hot or cold temperatures while you’re eating or enjoying a beverage? Is that tooth also sore when you bite and chew? Maybe the tooth just has a persistent pain that won’t go away. These are all signs that something is wrong and requires a dentist’s attention.

Shifts in Tooth Alignment

Are there new gaps developing between teeth? Maybe a tooth is rotating or crowding another tooth? These changes in the alignment of your smile are a clear sign that something isn’t right with your oral health.

Bleeding or Receding Gums

Gum disease can lead to tooth loss if it’s not treated in time. Be on the lookout for bleeding gums or gun recession around a tooth. There are many restorative dentistry treatments for the teeth and gums that may be able to prevent tooth loss.

Persistent or Chronic Bad Breath

Finally, you should look for a bad case of bad breath combined with the above issues. Bad breath may not seem like a major problem, but it’s often a good indication that you’re experiencing an oral health issue. It may be a warning sign of gum disease, serious tooth decay, or even a root canal infection.

Treatment Options for Missing Teeth

There are a couple of different options for treating tooth loss. Many patients may want to consider a dental bridge for single-tooth replacement. For other patients, full or partial dentures are a better option to address extensive tooth loss.

For a more stable and durable solution to traditional dental prostheses, there is always implant dentistry. In addition to traditional implant dentistry, we offer the All-on-4® implant method, which supports a full denture with just four dental implants.

If you’re concerned about the expense, we can go over dental implant costs and financing options as part of the consultation process.

Discuss Your Needs with Our Staten Island Dentists

With proper treatment and good timing, you can avoid tooth loss. But don’t worry: if you do lose a tooth or it needs to come out, our team can provide recommendations for effective and natural-looking tooth replacement.

To schedule a visit or to get answers to your questions about tooth loss, contact our Staten Island dental office. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Dr. Alex Hecht and Dr. Jason Hecht

Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist

Our family-run practice, led by Dr. Alex Hecht and Dr. Jason Hecht, is guided by compassionate and genuine care for our patients. Several distinctions set us apart:

  • Creating beautiful smiles since 1978
  • One of the largest practices in the region
  • Excellence in treating even the most complex cases
  • Advanced cone beam computed tomography (CT) scanner
  • Dedication to continuing education
  • Incorporation of the latest techniques

To set up a consultation or learn more about our services, reach out to our office online or call (718) 705-4434.

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