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Seems like bad periodontitis. Need help.

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Posted by: JohnMallis  (7 years ago)
I'm shocked to be honest as I've always been taking pretty good care of my teeth and I really have no idea how I missed this. Brushing twice every day and using listerine has actually prevented plaque AND tartar from accumulating on my gums for YEARS. I believe my old dentist (about a year ago) apparently didn't notice my gingivitis in its early stages, and it would have been hard for me to notice it as well, since the said molar is at the very end of my jaw.

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?

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Dentist
I'm shocked to be honest as I've always been taking pretty good care of my teeth and I really have no idea how I missed this. Brushing twice every day and using listerine has actually prevented plaque AND tartar from accumulating on my gums for YEARS. I believe my old dentist (about a year ago) apparently didn't notice my gingivitis in its early stages, and it would have been hard for me to notice it as well, since the said molar is at the very end of my jaw.

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?



You make a lot of diagnoses yourself without having an x-ray or really know what you are talking about. How did you "see" the bone? Do you have x-ray vision?

If it was really calculus, it would not have been so easy for you to detach. It was probably something that got stuck between your teeth and make the gum become really inflamed.

Please get a competent dentist examine you so he can check out the status of what is really going on.
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