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July 6, 2012 at 10:20 am #14255
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Hello, I’m 29 years old and noticed that my gums had started receding about 4 years ago. I have some recession on my top teeth, mainly on my canines but the big problem is my lower front teeth. From the front you can see a small gap between my 2 front teeth but behind them the gums have receded a lot. On the right lower front I think it’s about 5mm and I’m so scared that my teeth are going to fall out. I have seen numerous NHS dentists and one private one and no one has helped me. One of my dentists said the recession could have been caused by me brushing too hard, I also had my lip and tongue pierced when I was a teenager which he said contributed. My last dentist was the private one, he said that my teeth would fall out within 5 years or that by doing some work he could prolong that to 15 years. He gave me some very expensive periodontal cleaning on my top teeth and then said my wisdom teeth needed removing (I’d never had any trouble with them), and after 2 very painful and scary extractions I was too scared to go back for the cleaning of my bottom teeth. I’m really worried that my gumline behind my lower teeth is getting close to my frenulum (I think that’s what its called). What will happen if it reaches it? Will I still be able to talk? I’m so worried it gives me nightmares! I have read about gum grafts and i think this is what I would like. Do you think that would stop the recession and could you recommend anyone? What do you think the urgency of this is as I had to get a credit card to pay the last dentist and I’m still trying to pay that off but I’m really worried about how much my gums will recede on the meantime. It makes me so sick just thinking about it, please can you give me some advice? Thanks

July 6, 2012 at 10:23 am #14256
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Dr Surinder Hundle

Thank you for your enquiry to Lund Osler.
In regards to your receeding gums, the best treatment is to be under the care of a periodontist, he would be the right person to help you and give you the prognosis for those teeth and will take care and instruct you in how to keep them for longer.
You can also go to your GDP and he could refer you to either a periodontist or the consevation department in hospital where they can also look after you.

I hope this information is helpful to you, it cannot be very detailes as we have not seen you before.

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