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Bonding to fix loose teeth after deep cleaning: About a month ago I had my teeth cleaned for the first time after tartar fell off.

My teeth still hurt and now a couple of my front bottom teeth are a little loose. Is this normal and when should they tighten back up?

I am thinking about getting tooth bonding done to help fix the problem but I don't know if that is a good solution for my problem. ... Visitor from IN

Answer:
Many people get a large amount of tartar on their teeth, especially in the bottom front if they have not had their teeth cleaned in a long time.

This tartar tends to hold the teeth in place if they are loose so you may not have noticed the looseness when it was there. After the tartar was removed, you noticed it.

That doesn't mean the tartar should not have been removed. When it is on your teeth, it creates a place for bacteria to grow and infection to occur.

If you have loose teeth, this most likely means that you have a gum infection. Infection in the gums spreads to the bone, which dissolves away leaving the teeth weak and loose.

Bonding the teeth will not eliminate the infection and may actually make it worse. You must get your gums healthy before you have any bonding or other dental work done.

I would recommend seeing a periodontist, who is a dentist who specializes in gums. They will do an examination of your gums and take xrays. If you need treatment to eliminate the infection, they will explain the treatment that will work best for you, and determine if your teeth are strong enough to keep.

Once the gums are healthy and you know that the teeth are strong, then you can have the bonding, if it is appropriate. You would not want to have bonding or other work done on weak teeth that would not last long.

Marie C. Schweinebraten, DMD
Atlanta Periodontist
2925 Premiere Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 623-0930

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