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  • Acute necrotizing ginigvitis and dentures: I was diagnosed with ANUG at 19, I am 36 now. I had a gum graft over a lower front tooth and have had more recession over the years. I was seeing a dentist on a regular basis, had deep cleanings, a few cavaities filled and then was on a schedule of 4 yearly cleanings until the disease was under control. Unfortunatly, I was not able to continue with the care for quite some time and had huge plaque build up. I recently had an appt with a dentist and had a full mouth debridement, I am also on an antibiotic and peridex. I saw the periodontist and he told me dentures are the way to go. I asked if bone grafting would be a possibility, he said anything other than dentures is "patchwork". Is this true? ...Visitor from Canada     (answer)

  • Gingivitis and Orthodontics: My son's previous orthodontist became mentally unstable and is no longer practicing. I went to a new orthodontist who suggested removing all of my son's braces (he's 4 months into phase 2) and getting a proper cleaning (he has gingivitis) and then restarting the braces again because of his dirty teeth. Does this seem extreme? ...Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • HIV and Gingivitis: Can a person with ginjivitis contact HIV by performing oral sex? ...Visitor from London England UK     (answer)

  • I haven't been to the dentist for about 10 some years, I believe I do have severe gingivitis. I am horriblily terrified of going but as each day passes, I start to not like my teeth at the state that they are in. With severe gingivitis, would I have to have All of my teeth taken out and use false teeth for the rest of my life? The whole idea of going to a dentist has kinda lingered in the back of my mind for years now. What is my best bet, taking inconsideration that I most likly have severe gingivitis? What boggles my mind is that I'm only 18. ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • I have severe gingivitis with loose lower front teeth. Past dental x-rays show that I have no or very little bone in my gums. I do not want dentures and my upper front teeth have shifted severely and is very noticable. One of the upper front teeth have protruded so far in front of the other teeth and I try not to smile showing my teeth. Since I have no bone in the gums could I be a candidate for dental implants? What caused my teeth to shift so far? Other than dentures what can I do? Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • I just had a full mouth debridement in the treatment of mild gingivitis. My teeth are terribly sensitive to even brushing much less eating and drinking cold or warm beverages. How long will it take until the sensitivity wears off? I was told the next step was just to follow up with my dentist in 3 months for a regular cleaning. Is this normal course for something not too advanced? I know I had pockets measuring 5mm in depth but only 2-3 and maybe 4 measuring 4 the rest were 2-3. Debridement was done on both upper and lower teeth but focused on the lower and in areas with a 5. When should I see gum improvement? Visitor from TX     (answer)


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