No gross pictures here; just a straightforward simple answer to the question: Can a rotten tooth fall out on its own?

“Absolutely,” says Marco L. Tironi, DDS, who practices dentistry in Rochester, MI.

Dr. Tironi explains, “As teeth break down due to decay or gum disease, they often become smaller and smaller as pieces are broken or decayed away.

“Eventually there will either be no tooth structure remaining or no bone remaining to hold the tooth in the jaw.

“This is generally a slow process, and it does not occur without other signs and symptoms.

“Teeth that break down in this manner will hurt at one time or another.

“Staying current with your dentist will prevent these problems before they happen or hopefully allow your dentist to treat the problem before it becomes painful or affects other parts of your mouth.”

Teeth Do Not Have to Rot

If you have regular dental checkups and practice good oral hygiene, you can stay ahead of the curve and never have to worry about any teeth rotting and falling out.

Ever hear that ol’ saying, “If you ignore a problem, it’ll go away”?

Well, if you ignore your teeth, they WILL go away.

A member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Tironi is trained in sedation dentistry, dental implantology, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.