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Your Loose Teeth May Also be Known as:
Loose tooth
Tooth is about to fall out

Top 2 Loose Teeth Causes

  1. 1.Head and Neck Cancer

    There are five main types of head and neck cancer, which are all named according to the part of the body where they develop: laryngeal (voice box), nasal cavity and sinus, nasopharyngeal (air passage way behind the nose), oral (mouth), and salivary gland cancers. Most of these cancers are squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), meaning they begin in the flat (squamous) cells that make up the thin surface layer of the structures in the head and neck.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate your care with a cancer specialist (oncologist) for further testing. It is impossible to definitively diagnosis head and neck cancers without lab testing and biopsy. Treatment is likely to include surgery and chemotherapy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    loss of appetite, unintentional weight loss, hoarse voice, trouble swallowing, pain with swallowing
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

    This is a condition where the jaw bone is exposed (this happens if it is not covered by gums). To be called osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), this condition must persist for at least 8 weeks. This disease is common among people taking medications called bisphosphonates or RANKL inhibitors.

    You should visit your primary care physician. This condition is usually treated conservatively with rinses, antibiotics, and pain medication for the mouth.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    jaw pain, jaw lump, toothache, heavy jaw, swollen jaw
    Symptoms that always occur with osteonecrosis of the jaw:
    jaw pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Loose Teeth

  • Q.Have you lost your appetite recently?
  • Q.Do you have a sore throat?
  • Q.Have you noticed a change in your hearing?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

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Loose Teeth Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced loose teeth have also experienced:

    • 8% Severe Fatigue
    • 4% Tingling Foot
    • 4% Asymmetrical Shoulders
  • People who have experienced loose teeth were most often matched with:

    • 20% Head and Neck Cancer
    • 10% Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

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