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Years after broken jaw, some kind of gum disease.

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Posted by: pandmonium  (7 years ago)
I had my jaw broken in three places, requiring a steel plate through my chin to hold my lower jaw together. I practice good oral hygiene, flossing after nearly every meal. I even wear an inclusion protector at night to prevent grinding.

My teeth are not perfectly aligned as the way they used to be. The crack in my jaw made a bit of a pocket between two teeth (after healing) that likes to catch food. So I have to be careful to clean it.

Now my lower gum line is red and irritated for seemingly no reason. Just across the row of the middle front teeth, the gums are all inflamed. Would antibiotics help? Could the steel plate through my lower jaw have anything to do with this?
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I had my jaw broken in three places, requiring a steel plate through my chin to hold my lower jaw together. I practice good oral hygiene, flossing after nearly every meal. I even wear an inclusion protector at night to prevent grinding.

My teeth are not perfectly aligned as the way they used to be. The crack in my jaw made a bit of a pocket between two teeth (after healing) that likes to catch food. So I have to be careful to clean it.

Now my lower gum line is red and irritated for seemingly no reason. Just across the row of the middle front teeth, the gums are all inflamed. Would antibiotics help? Could the steel plate through my lower jaw have anything to do with this?


This question cannot be answered online, as we do not have good x-rays. My tendency is to treat local gum problems by chlorhexidine or peroxide delivered into the pocket via irrigation syringe, rather than via an antibiotic pill that delivers a drug all over the body where it is not needed.

After the infection is over, try to have the gap between the teeth remedied by bonding, orthodontics, or other means.
Posted 7 years ago
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