But here I am. I finally saw it today. And I'm freaking out.
I was trying to get something out of my mouth with a toothpick on the mirror, and then I realized that my very last molar's gum had actually detached from the tooth (only the gum side facing the cheek though). There was something like a white hard substance jammed between my molar and the gum. I'm assuming it was either tartar or some collagen-destroying enzymes. Anyhow... I scraped it, and with little effort that thing came out. More of that dissolved-like white substance came out (no, NOT pus, I believe it was accumulated bacteria) My gum started to bleed immediately, then stopped after a while. What is left now is a pocket between the gum and the tooth, about 1-3mm deep, but I can't tell for sure. I tried to clean the pocket as best I could with brushing and listerine..
At first I sighed in somewhat relief as I assumed that the periodontal disease hadn't gone too far. But then I compared my infected molar with the one on the other side and I saw that the bone holding the tooth has apparently got thinner (or worse), so I told myself that "Yeah, I'm f****ed" and I probably am.
What surprises me though is that for such (an advanced) periodontitis, the molar itself isn't loose (yet). It's not even sensitive to cold/hot drinks, so I'm kinda lost.
Also my molar doesn't seem to suffer from severe gum recession. Myabe 1-2mm, or even less. (Tooth doesn't really "look" longer). Gum above molar however seems inflammed (the gum tissue around the tooth has dark red/purple areas).
I know the damage on the bone is probably even worse than what I think, but still, I hope I won't need an extraction.
What do you make out of my problem?