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Why Dental Mobility Can Be a Big Problem

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Maintaining mobility becomes important as a person gets older. Still, there are parts of your body that should never be mobile, and in fact, mobility in these parts is a sign that something is amiss. Trauma to the mouth, as the result of an accident or injury, has the ability to induce mobility in your teeth. But what does this even mean? And why is it so serious?

Movement within a Dental Socket

Essentially, mobility means movement. Your teeth should be securely anchored in their respective sockets, fixed into position via your periodontal ligaments, and when a tooth has the ability to move within that socket, it's obviously a clear sign that you need to visit an emergency dentist. 

A Compromised Periodontal Ligament

When the tooth has become loose in its socket, the periodontal ligament holding it in place has become compromised. It might only be partially separated, or it might have been severed, depending on the severity of the injury. This type of issue (known as a dental extrusion) will require immediate attention, and the site will be thoroughly cleaned before the tooth is repositioned and secured with a dental splint. The splint immobilises the tooth so that the periodontal ligament has the ability to rejuvenate itself. A follow-up appointment will be necessary to remove the splint, and your dentist will also check the status of the dental pulp. When the injury has resulted in nerve death for the tooth, then a root canal can become necessary, and this will be scheduled after the tooth has had sufficient time to heal from the initial trauma.

Bleeding from the Gingival Crevice

Not all dental traumas are as serious as they might appear, and not all result in tooth mobility. While you should not attempt to manipulate your teeth to gauge whether they've become loose, dental trauma might not have directly affected the tooth. In some instances, it's only the gingival tissue that has been damaged. This can result in temporary heavy bleeding, making the issue appear more serious than it might be. There might be significant blood flow from the gingival crevice, while the tooth and its periodontal ligament have remained intact. Still, you cannot make this assessment yourself, and the injury still needs to be inspected by a dentist.

Any form of dental mobility needs to be immediately treated. Any delay will increase your chances of losing the tooth or allowing a serious dental complication to develop. Reach out to an emergency dentist in your area for more information. 


25 June 2020