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Old 10-12-2003, 12:31 PM   #1
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Question Am I developing Periodontal Disease?

Until recently, I had been a moderate smoker and drank soft drinks frequently. I have left both habits behind me, but I suspect I may have damaged my gums. Basically, one of my upper front teeth has become a tiny bit loose. When looking in a mirror, I cannot actually see any motion at all when I try to move the tooth, but it certainly feels as though I can move it slightly forward and backward when I press against it with my lower teeth. My flossing habits were also somewhat poor in the past, and I now notice that I can bring the floss all the way up one side of the tooth, to the top of the arc in the gum line above the tooth. I canít bring floss that high/deep on any of my other teeth, or even on the other side of the affected one.

My gums do not hurt or bleed when I brush, floss, or eat, and they are not swollen or discolored. They also do not seem to have receded or eroded and I have never observed puss or any other ******d signs of infection. There was no trauma that might have caused this, and, to my knowledge, I do not grind. The tooth itself does not hurt, but feels slightly different. I have what might be described as a mild phobia of visiting the dentist, and I think my lack of attention might have lead to this.

Since first noticing this a few weeks ago, I have started flossing much more regularly, as well as rinsing with Listerine and a water/hydrogen-peroxide solution daily. I was finally able to quit smoking about a week ago. The situation hasnít gotten any worse since I first noticed it, but it doesnít seem to have gotten noticeably better either.

Now that I am no longer smoking, have improved my oral care, and stopped drinking sugary soft drinks, is it at all possible that the gums will begin to re-tighten about the tooth, or am I only asking for trouble by delaying seeing a professional? Also, can a normal dentist / orthodontist advise me on this, or perhaps clean the base of the tooth and help the gum re-attach, or should I directly contact a Periodontist? I currently have no dental coverage, but have no desire to lose the tooth either.

Any advice on what to do or insight as to what the problem may be will be very much appreciated, as I am very nervous about this. Thanks in advance.

 
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Old 10-13-2003, 07:46 PM   #2
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I would go see a dental office before the periodontist and get a cleaning from a dental hygienist, who will measure the bone around the teeth and tell you whether you have lost bone due to periodontal disease. Good luck.

 
Old 10-14-2003, 03:08 AM   #3
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Thanks jeepcj5, I contacted a dental office and have an appointment comming up for a cleanig and some new x-rays. Hopefully he can help me to nip this before it becomes any more serious. Thanks again

 
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