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      Default Gum Disease Control Plan

      Greetings all first post .
      Having been diagnosed with a diseased gum , i am having difficulties with a personal treatment idea . Over the past few week's i have made several visits to my NHS dentist because i have three noticeable mobile teeth , including fronts , this has alarmed me as my regular hygiene has always been fairly reasonable . Then i got an ache resulting in a shifting tooth , took some penicillin for an infection .
      Having a professional hygienist session i believe this to be the start of some help . But now i am having problems trying to eat , preventing putting any pressure on these weak teeth, and of what food to buy that won't be too tuff . I really don't know where to go next , the dentist say, s he can pull them but I'm 47 and would prefer to keep as long as or at best could tighten up .
      But for now my main concern is the effect this is all having , Do I now visit a Doctor discussing all this or possibly make an appointment with a "periodontal clinic" , i can not expect this is available through the NHS funds . But what to do , i am in real moments of despair and have been back n forth to my dentist .
      this is what brought me to the forum , thank's if anyone knows where might be a good place to start , my front uppers have shifted and are mobile but my dentist already has observed this . i can't eat and have been given no ongoing plan .
      I guess what I'm asking is can i go to the GP and get a doctor referral to a gum specialist .
      i don't want to see my front tooth go
      thank's all !

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      Default Re: Gum Disease Control Plan

      It is very reasonable to ask for a referral but from your discreption it seems that you should have had periodontal care years ago. Once you have substantial bone loss there is little that can be done for those particular teeth. Most importantly is to treat the disease so you won't lose many more teeth.
      Dr. Raymond Kimsey, DMD
      www.comfortableimplantdentistry.com

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      Default Re: Gum Disease Control Plan

      Thank,s so i will need to re-visit the dentist first rather than the doctor , as this has become more of any issue with my wellbeing .

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      Default Tooth wiggle front

      I am absolute distraught with my front tooth that shifted , it no longer feels that it will stay In ,
      i've made so many visits to the dentist because of worry , i had a good clean the dentist gives it a tweak saying"it's not too bad", But jurying my day the tooth does not seem correct i can feel pressing when I'm eat or tongue it .
      Right now i,ve had an evening clean , noticed the wobbly and only feel faint and wonder what to do . The teeth themselves are nice and i don't want to loose them .
      This is the only place i can post at because i know what is going to happen but am trying to not expect it .

      Hoping someone understands I'm off to bed now ... Bye !

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      Default Re: Tooth wiggle front

      I can really understand your stress. I have just lost my frount teeth in a trampolining accident and feeling very stressed and depressed. I would definatly go to the doctor see if he can help with your anxiety as well as the gum issues. He will refer you if he can. If he cant you know you need to go back to your dentist. I can not believe the lack of support your Nhs dentist is giving you. I would also get a second opinion from a private dentist. Having both opinions will give you the chance to make a more informed choice. If you do end up having them removed and have a denture you may find it a relief in the end because all the worry will be over.
      Good luck!!!!!

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      Default Re: Tooth wiggle front

      Hi Dintsey, sounds like we are in the same boat. My two front bottom teeth are loose; not hanging by a thread, but I can move them with thumb and finger. I'm scared to do that too often in case they fall out! The teeth themselves are nice and I don't want to lose them...same as you. My NHS dentist said in January, " your teeth are actually quite nice; it's your gums that will lose you your teeth." I had a check-up on Tuesday last week and he just said my teeth were in fine shape. He didn't mention anything else! I do know that since getting an electric toothbrush and some SLS-free toothpaste, my gum health has improved a lot, but there is still gum recession below the two loose teeth. I'm thinking of getting a second opinion from a private dentist...there's never time to discuss anything in the NHS 10-minute time slot...but would a private dentist allow you just to book a check-up purely for the purpose of getting a second opinion? Or would you have to register as a permanent patient?

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      Default Re: Tooth wiggle front

      All the posters in this thread likely need to ask for a referral to a specialist periodontist to be sure of getting best care but there are very few of them in the NHS sector, more in the private sector, an NHS dentist can recommend a private sector periodontist (or you can self refer) provided you are willing to pay the private fees.

      A private dentist could also be a good option as they may have a greater interest in perio health maintenance and will likely have a hygienist you can visit regularly.
      Anyone with periodontal disease should be getting regular cleaning care from a hygienist/dentist regardless of the standard of their oral hygiene. The goal is to stabilise the position but as Comfortdentist says once the teeth are mobile there is generally less that can be done.

      If the worst comes to the worst and you do loose the teeth, then the best replacement option would likely be implants which are not available on NHS so again time to start saving up with that in mind for the future.

      Re your remaining teeth, flossing daily (if you don't already) in addition to brushing with an electric toothbrush is the cheapest thing you can do to ensure they stay healthy. You should also seek regular hygiene appointments 3 or 6 monthly as preventive maintenance. This may only be available in UK with a private dentist, as UK dental NHS doesn't seem to give much priority to gum health maintenance. Even the cursory scrape and polish by the dentist is no longer a fixed part of the NHS dental check up slot in England and Wales.

      http://www.dentalfearcentral.org/faq/scale-and-polish/
      http://www.dentalfearcentral.org/faq/deep-cleaning/
      It's the 21st Century.......dentistry can and should be painless but we patients come unstuck because all dentists are not created equal

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      Default Re: Tooth wiggle front

      Thank you, Brit, that's particularly interesting about implants not being available on NHS. Think I will look at some insurance plans...

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