I Am Nervous About Going To The Dentist As I Have Gum Disease And I Fear What Will Happen In A Case Like Mine?

Q.
I suffer with gum disease and now have what feels like a sizeable gap in my two main front teeth at the top.

I have been told my only option is to have the top four teeth removed and a denture fitted. I am reluctant to do this as I feel it is quite drastic and once done there is no going back!

I have been told a permanent fixture of new teeth is not an option due to the gum desease.

I am incredibly nervous at going to the dentist, fear the pain and also being judged for allowing my teeth to get this bad.

Would a cosmetic dentist consider composite bonding in a case like mine?

Many thanks.

A.
Hello and thank you for getting in touch. Gum disease is extremely common and effects a significant proportion of the UK population. Gum disease causes destruction of the structures that normally support and hold teeth in place. When these structures are lost or diminished, teeth can become mobile and in severe cases require extraction. Firstly you need to establish if these teeth really need to be extracted, and the only way to do this is to get a second or third opinion. It’s a big decision and you need to get it right. I would recommend perhaps arranging a consultation with a local Periodontist (a specialist in managing conditions relating to the gums). They should be able to advise you on the prognosis of these teeth and offer some treatment options to manage these teeth and the rest of your teeth. This condition is unlikely to be confined to just these teeth and therefore some sort of maintenance program will be required. I hope this helpful. Regards, Marcus Gambroudes.
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