Tooth mobility

What is Tooth mobility?

Tooth mobility is the medical term for loose teeth.

Mobility is graded clinically by applying pressure with the ends of 2 metal instruments (e.g. dental mirrors) and trying to rock a tooth gently in a bucco-lingual direction (towards the tongue and outwards again). Using the fingers is not reliable as they are too compressible and will not detect small increases in movement.

Normal, physiologic tooth mobility of about 0.25 mm is present in health. This is because the tooth is not fused to the bones of the jaws, but is connected to the sockets by the periodontal ligament. This slight mobility is to accommodate forces on the teeth during chewing without damaging them. This is caused by gradual resorption of their roots, stimulated by the developing permanent tooth underneath.

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My Front tooth is shaking.

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I will be glad to inform you that whenever the bone supporting the tooth gets weak, tooth starts wobbling. In...

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Hello, I'm very concerned about my front teeth, it has started to shake like 2 days ago, and i am terrified, i just hope that i wont have to remove...

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hi, thanks for your query. main problem is with your gums. you are suffering from periosulting dontal disease, which is disease of gums. in this...

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Had deep cleaning and scaling, had not had a good cleaning i several years, cost me almost l,000.
Long story, after six wks went back and said the...

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I would like you to know that scaling is done to remove all the tartar, which is present above and below the gum...

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