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Can a loose tooth fall out while sleeping? What could be the consequences?

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This is probably a dental question, but maybe you can answer.
Can a loose tooth fall out while sleeping? If so, what could be the consequences?

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Posted Tue, 16 Oct 2012 in Dental Health
Answered by Dr. Bibhu Dutt Nanda 30 minutes later
XXXXXX I would be glad to answer your query.
It is extremely rare for a tooth to fall out while a person is asleep. But it can happen in some cases when a person has periodontitis, where most of the teeth are mobile.
Also, if you lose a tooth while asleep there are chances of aspirating it (getting it into your wind pipe), but i hope you have not experienced such a situation. Typical symptoms would be cough, difficulty breathing etc
Bleeding is one of the consequences, but it usually stops within 15-20 minutes.
i hope I answered your query. In case you have any more queries kindly post them, i would be glad to answer them.
I wish you good health
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