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Kitchener Dentist Files: Will Root Canal Treatment fix a loose tooth?

Just a short post today from your Kitchener Dentist to discuss treatment for loose teeth. A tooth can be loose for a number of reasons but typically, all of these reasons relate to bone loss around the tooth. There are 3 main causes of this bone loss:

  1. Infection or abscess originating from inside a tooth.
  2. Infection or abscess originating from deep gum pockets around a tooth.
  3. Chronic gum disease or Periodontitis.

So, now, let’s look at what root canal treatments “do” and this will help make clear those situations where they can reduce “looseness”.

Kitchener Dentist Files: How do Root Canals work?

Root canal treatments involve cleaning the soft tissue dental pulp (the nerve and blood vessels inside your roots) and any resident bacteria causing infection. Once your Kitchener Dentist cleans these areas out, a biocompatible rubber filling material is placed to seal the canals. This eliminates any source of infection and related bone loss coming from inside your tooth.

Kitchener Dentist Files: Fixing your loose tooth

So root canal treatment can eliminate infection originating inside your tooth. It cannot treat or eliminate infection originating from deep gum pockets around the outer root surfaces. It cannot eliminate Periodontitis or “Gum Disease”.

So, when a tooth has lost bone due to infection, and that infection resides in the tooth, a root canal treatment can help to decrease or eliminate the looseness. The key is that your Kitchener Dentist identify the source of infection so that they can select the proper treatment course. This will also allow them to give you an accurate long-term prognosis for your tooth.

Thanks for reading today!

By Dr. Kyle Hornby, Kitchener Dentist

If you would like to arrange a no-charge consult to discuss treatment options for loose teeth, give us a call at (519) 576-8160 or request a consult here.

Our Kitchener Dental Clinic is conveniently located in Downtown Kitchener and we are a short drive away for families in Waterloo, Breslau & Stratford.

This article is meant to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Accordingly, always seek the advice of your Kitchener Dentist or other healthcare provider regarding a dental condition or treatment.

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