I need some help. I have gum disease. I put off going to the dentist for too long and now I’m actually losing teeth. Where do I go from here? I’ve learned my lesson and will do whatever is necessary! Please, people, don’t let fear of the dentist keep you away. Learn from my mistakes.
I am sorry you are experiencing this. It’s hard learning lessons after the fact, isn’t it? However, you’ve shown great courage in admitting your mistakes and looking for a solution. The first thing you will want to do is get your gum disease under control. Maybe it will be possible to save some teeth. But, even if not, you will want healthy gums in order to have the best tooth replacement possible.
Once your gum disease is under control, you will probably need to have some bone grafting done. Your gum disease ate away the bone which is why your teeth started coming out. Bone grafting will build that bone back up so you can have a permanent replacement. After the bone grafting, the next step will be to have dental implants placed. These serve as prosthetic tooth roots. Then after your jaw bone has had time to integrate with the implants, your dentist can anchor a denture to them. This will give you permanent, secure teeth.
Given your dental anxiety, I am certain hearing all that work is making your blood pressure go up and your heart race. I have some good news for you. I’d like you to see a periodontist who is also a sedation dentist. This is sometimes called sleep dentistry and will allow you to get all your dental work done in an anxiety-free/pain-free way.
Let us see your new smile after you get your work completed!
This blog is brought to you by Atlanta Periodontist Dr. David Pumphrey