Loose teeth is a big problem in the UK, and often it is not painful until the problem has progressed quite a lot!
There are several causes for loose teeth, but the most common is advanced gum disease. This normally affects people above the age of 40 (but can affect younger people).
The most simple treatment
Attending your dentist, to have a hygiene session every 3-6 months is usually a good place to start. This treatment is really to prevent gum disease getting too far out of control, but if you have loose teeth, having this treatment may give your teeth a little more life!
A good hygiene session is not available on the NHS in the UK. It is a treatment that should take either 30 or 60 minutes, and you can expect to pay around £50-£100 per session for this. You do need to see a dentist, who can refer you to a hygienist.
Really sorting out the problem
Hygiene sessions are great, but in most cases, if your teeth are loose, you need a long term plan. Sometimes it is best to take the loose teeth out, and look at tooth replacement treatments.
As with most things in dentistry, there are several options, depending on your budget, the cheapest is to do nothing. If you choose this option, then the remaining teeth will tilt and move, over the years.
The second cheapest is to wear a removable denture. Made by a good dentist, these can be pretty good. You will always have the problems that they move about, and get food stuck under them.
More expensive options are you use dental implants to support or just stabilise loose dentures. The more implants you have, the more stable the new teeth will be, and just like a table with 4 legs, 4 implants are considered the minimum for permanent teeth.
You could have just two implants, and clip a denture to these. This is more cost effective, and a lot better than just a denture however you will still have a removable appliance, and the problems associated with this. Luckily, if you have the implants placed by Dr Sehmi, you could have two implants to stabilise a denture, and later on consider placing some more, to upgrade to a fixed set of teeth.
In individual cases, you may have other options, like dental bridgework, which can work very well, however it is reliant on the strength of your remaining teeth.
To find out more about what you can do about your loose teeth, you should book a consultation with Dr Sehmi, and find out your specific options.