How To Tighten Loose Teeth At Home

Finding that you have a loose tooth or two can be upsetting and worrying. It can be uncomfortable to eat and there may be concerns that the tooth will fall out. To prevent tooth loss, many people ask how to tighten loose teeth at home.

The good news is that in some cases a loose tooth can tighten up but it depends on the cause. Seeking a professional opinion is recommended to confirm the cause, provide immediate advice on how to stabilise the tooth and formulate a treatment plan.

Whilst visiting the dentist is recommended, below we discuss the causes and any relevant treatment and what you can do at home to fix loose teeth. 

How Adult Teeth Become Loose

Loose teeth can be caused by various factors such as periodontal disease, pregnancy, osteoporosis, and trauma.

Periodontal disease, resulting from bacterial build-up in dental plaque, leads to inflammation and damage to the ligaments and bone supporting the teeth.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect tooth support but usually resolve after pregnancy. Osteoporosis weakens the bones, including those holding the teeth, potentially requiring tooth extraction and restorative procedures.

Trauma can cause tooth root reabsorption, necessitating a dental evaluation. Other causes include bruxism, stress, underlying health conditions and medications. Find out more about what causes loose teeth.

How To Tighten Loose Teeth Up

If your loose teeth are the result of periodontal disease, daily disruption of the plaque and bacteria from the gumline with Daily Self-Performed Care at home is essential if you want to fix loose teeth. 

This self-care treatment will work best when used in combination with dental treatments to disrupt plaque that’s residing on tooth roots and in periodontal pockets. 

Tighten Loose Teeth At Home With Self Care treatments

At-home self-performed care is the primary defence in the treatment of periodontal disease and the best way to tighten loose teeth is through good oral hygiene and removing risk factors that make you more susceptible to the disease. 

Good Oral Hygiene

Developing and maintaining oral hygiene that is first-class involves brushing the teeth twice a day using the correct technique and carefully cleaning the interdental spaces with either a single tufted toothbrush, floss, interdental brushes or water flossers to disrupt the plaque each day. 

The general advice is to use fluoride toothpaste and a small-headed toothbrush. You may find that an electric toothbrush is more efficient at cleaning away plaque than manual brushing.  

Avoid rinsing with water or mouthwash post-cleaning as fluoride is beneficial to the teeth.  

Risk factors

Genetics, smoking/vaping, hormones (puberty/menopause), nutrition, diabetes and health conditions can make some people more susceptible than others. 

Stopping smoking, eating healthily, reducing how often you consume sugary foods and drinks and controlling blood sugars can help in the treatment and progression of periodontal disease.

Will Daily Self-Performed Care at Home be Effective in Tightening Loose Teeth?

If your teeth have got to the stage where they are loose and wobbly, there is a strong chance that you have advanced periodontal disease that requires the disruption of plaque that is residing below the gum line, around the teeth roots and in deep periodontal pockets.  This plaque can only be disrupted with therapies that can access the tooth roots. 

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Visit a Dental Clinic

If you have loose teeth a visit to the dentist is highly recommended. Visiting a dental clinic will allow a dentist to 

  • Assess and diagnose your periodontal disease
  • Provide personalised advice on how to best clean your teeth and suggest lifestyle changes that will help in the fight to tighten your teeth 
  • Treatment to stabilise and tighten your loose teeth 
  • Make a treatment plan 

How Dentists Tighten Loose Teeth

Dental Splinting – To tighten loose front teeth, a thin fibre-reinforced wire can be used to attach the weak teeth to each other, turning them into a single unit. This makes them more stable and stronger than the single loose teeth alone, which allows them to function normally.  

Treat Periodontal Disease

Dental treatments in combination with at-home self-care treatments can help to tighten the gums and ligaments, it will also help prevent further bone loss. 

Scaling – A non-surgical procedure to remove plaque and tartar from above the gum line which may be effective when treating mild periodontal disease. 

Root Debridement – Another non-surgical procedure that removes plaque and tartar from deep periodontal pockets and the surface of the tooth roots.  

Pocket Reduction Surgery – If you have advanced periodontal disease, surgical methods may be required to remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Flaps are made in the gums so they can be lifted out of the way, allowing the dentist better access to clean and smooth the root surface.  The gums will be sutured the gums back into place so that the pocket depth is reduced.  

Will A Loose Tooth Need To Be Extracted?

If your tooth is very loose and it’s difficult or uncomfortable to eat your dentist may recommend that the tooth is pulled out. 

To decide if an extraction is required they will use X-rays to determine the amount of bone loss you have experienced. Your current bone levels will indicate how long your loose tooth might last.   

If your tooth can’t be saved then bridges, dentures and dental implants are options available to replace lost teeth. Dental implants may first require procedures to replace any lost bone or gum tissue.  

In Summary

Periodontal disease is the most common cause of loose teeth, it leads to the destruction and damage of the bone and soft tissues that hold the teeth in place. Tightening loose teeth requires daily self-performed care treatments at home in combination with expert dentists. 

At home, developing good oral hygiene by brushing the teeth twice a day and cleaning the interdental spaces with the correct technique is essential. Our specialised education tool gives you some simple things you can do to beat periodontitis and loose teeth at home.

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Written by Sharon Fyles

Periodontitis Expert & Writer

Sharon Fyles, BSc (Hons, SW), MSc, Dip,  is a Manchester-based expert dental writer specialising in periodontal diseases and their treatment.


Medically Reviewed and Verified by Dr. Gareth Edwards BDS (Hons), MFDS (RCPS Glasgow)

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