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Why have I been told I have signs of gum disease?

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
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Hi! I went to my dentist recently and he told me that i was “starting” with gum disease in my bottom left corner. My teeth do bleed when the dentist cleans them and a little when i floss, other than that my teeth are fine. He didn’t seem alarmed at this,but it alarmed me! It sounds really bad! I asked him if i actually had gum disease and he said no, but to take care, visit the dentist every 6 months and floss etc. I had a baby just over a year ago and my teeth started bleeding more when pregnant. Im scared now that i am going to lose my teeth and have an electric tooth brush, floss 3 times a day, brush 3 times a day, and use antibacterial mouthwash twice a day. My parents have recently had dental implants due to gum disease but they both smoked heavily all their lives and didnt take care of their teeth. Is it hereditary? Im scared to death! Also (im not sure if im being paranoid) but i think a gap between my 2 front teeth has appeared slightly and im worried this means my gums are residing? Do gaps appear for any other reason? Im going to visit my dads private dentist in February but wanted some advice now as im panicking a bit! I know gum disease takes time to get worse but im terrified of losing my teeth! Thank you very much! Oh and i dont smoke and never have! im 24! Thank you…,

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Dr Andrew Moore

Advance Dental Clinic
104 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0JG
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Can my gum disease be treated?

Monday, January 18th, 2010
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I have just been told that I have gum disease. I am 21 and admittedlly I abused my teeth during my teenage years. I have had all the plaque removed but at the back of my bottom front teeth, on the gum is what could be described as a hole or a ditch. is there anyway to cure this and will this hole/dithc be recovered ? thanks,

dr rob tennet

Dr Rob Tennet

St Johns Dental Practice
18 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QJ
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What can be done to improve look of lost gum tissue?

Friday, January 15th, 2010
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i have had gum disease for 15 years and had extensive treatments at bristol dental hospital.i have been trouble free for years now but have lost a significant amount of gum tissue.i was scared to smile for years. at the end of my treatment they made me a cosmetic gum shield that fits in my mouth and hides my gum loss.it works quite well and gave me back some confidence but i am always aware it is noticeable. can anything be done to for me?my teeth are ok but need whitening. i would love to have a proper smile again.can you help? no site ever mentions any help for gum loss.,

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Dr Justin Glaister

Umbrella
11 Harley Street, London, W1G 9PF
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Cna anything be done to help with gum problems?

Thursday, January 14th, 2010
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Hi, I am 47 and first experienced gum problems in my 30s following having children. I consulted my then dentist about bleeding gums and have always had regular check ups, but all he told me to do was floss and brush. I was already brushing after each meal and flossing too, but the gums got worse. The recession also worsened, but he did not refer me to a periodontist (at that time I did not realise that you could see a gum specialist!). I think the vigorous brushing may have contributed to some of the recession. Some years later when seeking orthodontic treatment, I was referred to a periodontist and had extensive work to clean below gum line, which cured the bleeding gums. She also attempted to do a gum graft, but gave me inadequate aftercare advice and the graft failed. She subsequently carried out (from memory) 4 more grafts to the same area within a few months(very painful because tissue was taken from palate)and all failed. I am not a smoker or drinker and I am very, very careful of dental hygiene. Consequently, I now have areas of recession in my mouth which upset me greatly, as I feel they are unsightly. These are at the tops of the teeth. The pointy bits of gum between the teeth seem to be OK. I had the tooth in the area she tried to graft cosmetically reshaped, to try to make it look better, but it still looks very long (it is a canine tooth). My canine on the other side is also quite long, as is the tooth behind it. My front four teeth are ok. Oddly, I have a couple of bridges on the other side of my mouth and the recession has not occurred as much around these (I had these bridges put in because I had two teeth removed in my teens for orthodontics which were not completed). My gums seem pink and healthy. They do not bleed now. I floss and brush (with Oral B electric brush) always after eating and attend for six monthly cleaning. I think they may be still receding a little bit though – maybe through age? What I would like to know is, is there any way of making my teeth look more attractive, less long and ensuring that the recession is minimised for the future by way of cosmetic dentistry? I do not want to try another gum graft, because I feel that this is too risky and because of previous failure, I may not be a good candidate for this (also, the treatment was extremely traumatic the way it was carried out). My mother suffered from gum problems too, so I think I am just unlucky that I have inherited this predisposition from her. Sorry for the long, involved question, but I thought the background important. Can anything be done for me perhaps by way of using crowns, new bridges, veneers, etc.(assuming my gum condition is indeed stable)? Could my teeth be made to look smaller? This really does make me upset and self-conscious when smiling, so any advice would be most gratefully received. Thank you.,

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Dr Julian Caplan – Director on the board of the BACD

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Can I not get braces if I have gum disease?

Thursday, January 14th, 2010
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Dear Dr Caplan, I am a 23yr old female with severe gum disease. As a teen I had been initially refused orthodontic treatment on the NHS, due to the poor condition of my gums. I had lost faith in my dental care and hid away from my dental problems. As an adult I now realise how much my teeth have affected me mentally. I am so depressed about my crowded and crooked teeth, I find it hard to talk to people let alone smile incase they notice my ugly teeth. I have become a social recluse and feel so alone because of being scared to show my teeth. Since my teens I have had a patchwork of different work done by different dentists and my mouth now looks a mess. There are badly fitted miscoloured crowns on my UL2 and UR1. However, my gums have improved a lot. They are now a pinkier shade, compared with the liver red that it used to be. Also, the teeth and gums are a lot less sensitive. Do you think that there is any chance that I could get treated privately? Will private dentists/orthodontists refuse to treat me due to my gum disease? Or is that just an excuse for the NHS to refuse me due to their overstretched waiting lists? I am grateful for your reply, as I feel so lost and desperately want to sort out my teeth once and for all.,

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Dr Julian Caplan – Director on the board of the BACD

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Can I have a bridge instead of implants?

Thursday, January 14th, 2010
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I have to have my four lower front teeth extracted due to gum disease and my dentist suggests that I have a partial denture placed directly after the extraction. Later on he suggest that I have implants to replace the extracted teeth. My question is whether a bridge could be used instead of the implants and if it is an option, which is the best option in the long run?,

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Dr Riten Patel

The Mulberry
18 Ashley Road, Walton on Thames Surrey, KT12 1HS
Web: www.mulberrydental.co.uk Tel: 01932 223 479

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Are dental implants a good choice following gum disease?

Thursday, January 14th, 2010
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I have been told I will need full upper and lower dental implants (14 in all), all teeth to be extracted due to gum disease and bone infection, with bone grafting and sinus elevation. Once I have had the extractions and the bone grafting operation and temporary dentures fitted does it matter the length of time for the fitting of the dental implants eg if I could not afford to have them done for a further year or so would this matter?,

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Dr Justin Glaister

Umbrella
11 Harley Street, London, W1G 9PF
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What causes gums to turn black?

Thursday, January 7th, 2010
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I would like to know what causes gums to turn black and if the situation can be reversed.,

dr riten patel

Dr Riten Patel

The Mulberry
18 Ashley Road, Walton on Thames Surrey, KT12 1HS
Web: www.mulberrydental.co.uk Tel: 01932 223 479

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Is estimated cost for gum disease suitable?

Thursday, January 7th, 2010
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My dentist and gum disease doctor have given me an estimate of £34,000 for 8-10 implants and all the other stuff required to restore my teeth. i have gum disease as i was smoking but have now stopped for 7 months. is this off the planet cost or reasonable for the work of two specialists in Harley Street?,

dr riten patel

Dr Riten Patel

The Mulberry
18 Ashley Road, Walton on Thames Surrey, KT12 1HS
Web: www.mulberrydental.co.uk Tel: 01932 223 479

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Im suffering from numbness in my gums what could be the problem?

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
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I had 2 veeners fitted 3 months ago i am now suffering numbness in my gum and the tooth dont feel right what could be the problem what should i do?


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Dr Julian Caplan – Director on the board of the BACD

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