Frequently Asked Question: Loose Teeth Caused by Gum Recession

Question: Can gum recession cause loose or lost teeth?

Answer:

A firm band of tissue called attached tissue is usually attached to the root and provides a cinching effect around the teeth, much like a tie around the neck. Attached tissue prevents foreign materials from getting between the tooth and gums and infecting the bone. This important protection is lost with gum recession. Therefore when the bone is exposed to foreign materials, it recedes to protect itself along with the gum. This provides for significant loss of bone support for the tooth, which is permanent. Bone loss usually cannot be replaced.