OK, next appointment today (oooooe, just notice the fancy new toolbar above me, from the forum update!) I feel somewhat despondent actually. Today was meant to be a 1/2 hour appointment for the dentist to check and measure/chart the periodontal pockets. I have been following my oral hygiene new regime for 3 weeks now (set by the hygenist after her cleaning) and I think i must have been expecting miracles.....something like the pockets to have disappeared lol Of course they haven't, what I didn't realise is that it will take many months of dental cleaning and my own hard effort to halt the gum disease. There has been some bone loss in places, and I am really really sad about that....I had no idea that was happening.
The odd thing is that my gums don't look like they have gum disease, they don't really bleed, they aren't bright red or feel sore, but there are those pockets caused by plaque. BOY did those pockets cause some pain today as he was measuring their depth, he charted all of the upper jaw and it really hurt (apologies to anyone reading this who fears pain at the dentist). At a few points my eyes were watering with the jabbing pain and I did say 'this is bloody hurting, but I know it is my own fault'. He suggested after 3/4 hour after finishing the upper jaw that the lower jaw should be charted in a couple of weeks, as there was deep significant gum inflammation which must be painful.
He went through my oral hygiene regime and noted it all down on some sheets for future use when starting invisalign, along with taking full panoramic xrays and discussing my lifestyle and levels of motivation in terms of dental health. I told him how sad I was that all my efforts were not paying off. He said that the situation with my gums 'wasn't good' but also 'wasn't awful' and whilst we couldn't regrow some bone, we could halt the gum problems and that he would not expect there to be instant changes.
The bottom line is though, the invisalign can't be started until these gum problems are stabilised. So, there we go, I left feeling sad. Sad because I had originally gone to him with some tooth problems which he has sorted beautifully well, only to find out that really those were the least of my worries. My fear of injections seems so far in the past now, I'd have 20 of them if it meant that my gum problems instantly disappeared and I could start my cosmetic work. I go back in 2 weeks then for the lower jaw to be charted and then 4 weeks after that back to the hygenist.