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How can i tighten a tooth that is loose from bone loss?

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Dr. Amgad Faragalla
Dentistry 34 years experience
Splinting: Periodontal splint. Using wire in the lingual surface and bonded to the teeth with resin. Or using glass fibers instead of the wire.
Dr. R Lee Hinson
Dentistry 38 years experience
Bone loss and an: Associated loose tooth is not something for u to correct (tighten), your dentist needs to be in charge. After a thorough exam, bite adjustment, splinting of the tooth(teeth), periodontal disease treatment/surgery, medication, and other things may be recommended. There are likely other teeth involved as well, they just aren't noticeably loose yet. Please seek professional care as soon as you can.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
See specialists: Your best course of action is to see a prosthodontist for evaluation of the bite forces and a periodontist to evaluate the tissue / bone remaining. Between these 2 specialists, you will receive expert assessment and guidance. Often, there is insufficient bone remaining for a good long-term prognosis, and an implant is the best option -- provided there is sufficient bone. Best of luck.

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