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December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Health
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Losing their first tooth is among the most significant rites of passage for kids. This is completely normal, but if you have concerns, don’t hesitate to consult with your children’s dentistry professional in Decatur, IL, Dr. Natalie Corley, or Dr. Chad Corley here at Corley Family Dental.

Amid all the thrill and buzz around growing up, as a parent, here’s what you should keep in mind when it comes to your child losing teeth.

When Does The First Baby Tooth Fall Out?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, kids begin losing their first baby teeth at about six or seven years old. However, because all children are different, your little one might be older or younger when this happens. Just continue bringing your child to the dentist to detect any infection signs or other issues that could hinder milk teeth from falling out on schedule.

Baby teeth don’t typically loosen until the adult or permanent teeth under them has begun to push the baby teeth out of their socket. Take note though, that when baby teeth start to loosen, it could take up to several weeks to completely fall out. Just leave the tooth alone unless you see any indications of infection such as swelling or redness around the tooth’s gums.

If your child’s baby tooth becomes loose due to an injury, it’s best to visit your children’s dentistry professional in Decatur, IL, to check the baby tooth’s stability and the condition of the adult tooth underneath, if applicable.

Should You Pull Out Your Child’s Loose Tooth?

The best thing you can do with a loose baby tooth is to not do anything about it and just let it fall out naturally on its own. Just make sure to tell your child what to expect, especially when it falls out. Tell him or her that there might be some bleeding and tingling, but that these will pass quickly.

Have your child rinse her or his mouth with water after the loose tooth falls out, and place some gauze in the gap to stop the bleeding. Give your child an OTC pain medication if there’s pain. In the unlikely case that the bleeding and pain persists for more than an hour, call your dentist for advice.

Reach Out to Us To Learn More About Children’s Loose Teeth and Our Children’s Dentistry Services

Contact your Decatur, IL, dentist Dr. Natalie Corley or Dr. Chad Corley here at Corley Family Dental by calling (217) 330-6217.


If you're an adult, your teeth shouldn't wiggle—not even a little bit. If you have a loose tooth, you need to see your dentist as soon as possible to avoid losing it permanently.

Loose teeth usually happen because of one of two kinds of bite-related trauma. One is known as primary occlusal, which usually happens when the periodontal (gum) structures that help secure teeth encounter higher than normal biting forces. This is usually due to a clenching or grinding habit.

The other and more common kind is secondary occlusal: This happens when the periodontal structures and supporting bone are in a weakened state, usually because of gum disease. In this condition, even normal biting forces can cause damage to a tooth's gum attachment and result in looseness.

To stop a loose tooth from becoming a lost tooth, we'll need to take these immediate steps.

Treat any underlying disease. If a gum infection is the culprit, our first priority is to stop it from doing any more damage. The main treatment for gum disease is to remove dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that's the usual cause for the infection. Depending on how much the infection has advanced, this could take several sessions to bring it under control.

Reduce abnormal biting forces. If teeth are loose from abnormally high bite forces, there are a few things we can do. One is to selectively reshape the biting surfaces of teeth so that they receive less force while biting. Another approach is to minimize the effect of teeth grinding with an occlusal guard worn in the mouth: Its slick plastic surface prevents teeth from making solid contact while biting.

Splint loose teeth to secure them. We can secure loose teeth by splinting them to more stable teeth with metal strips or other means. Splinting is often done in conjunction with the aforementioned treatments, and is usually temporary until the tooth regains its periodontal attachments. Sometimes, though, it may be necessary to permanently splint a weakened tooth.

A loose tooth isn't necessarily destined to be lost. But we'll have to act quickly—if you have a loose tooth see us as soon as possible to determine how best to save it.

If you would like more information on saving loose teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Treatment for Loose Teeth.”

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