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Arc92

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Hello,

I’m 30 yo female. About 4 years ago I went to the dentist and they diagnosed me with severe gum disease. I was completely horrified and in caused me huge anxiety. I started cleaning treatment with the hygienist and good cleaning routine at home and got to a point where the gums had become healthy again. Although due to the bone loss, I have lost some of the interdental papilla between my teeth which hugely affects my self esteem.

Then in the past 2 years I experienced a lot of personal trauma all in one go. I moved city and due to covid struggled to register with a new dentist as many weren’t taking on new patients. When I finally managed to see a dentist (probably 1year after previous appointment) she said my gum disease is even worse and need specialist treatment and that my gums will recede even further and I’m likely to lose teeth. I was devastated and became so depressed, I didn’t want to leave the house, I started to feel suicidal and stopped being able to work.

I’m terrified of my gums receding further especially over my front teeth.

I now have an appointment with a specialist periodontist and I am so scared about what he will say. I am obsessively googling treatments. Will he be able to help make my gums healthy again? And is it possible with gum surgery to restore some of the lost gum in between my teeth?

I’m so ashamed and can’t imagine a future where I’m able to feel confident again.
 
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Gordon

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I now have an appointment with a specialist periodontist and I am so scared about what he will say. I am obsessively googling treatments. Will he be able to help make my gums healthy again? And is it possible with gum surgery to restore some of the lost gum in between my teeth?

You're only 30, it really can't be that bad yet. Yes, most certainly he'll be able to make your gums healthy again.
Not able to comment on restoring tissue without examining you, but the periodontist can explain your options to you when they've seen you.

Again though, don't panic, it's not likely to be nearly as bad as you think.
 

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