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What causes gum recession and loosening of teeth?

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Posted on Sat, 26 Jul 2014
Question: Hello my name is XXXX, I live in international falls Minnesota.. I know your a doctor, but I have a question about gum recession brush too hard as younger. my dentist told me five years ago had nothing to worry about.. I know you're not a dentist., but I'm hoping you can . Answer this question too. I have it in most of my teeth. , some of them are getting loose in the starting to stress me out.. I don't have dental insurance I hear you can get grants to fix your teeth.. I went to the dentist and February. I was late. Five months. All of a sudden I have these cavities . Some cavities down by the roots I can't even get in now until August. He started filling some of them. I need a referral and estimate on my teeth. I took pictures and I got them on a CD., but if I don't do some about it. I'm start losing my teeth. I got them all yet my teeth and 52 years old. and it's really been stressing me out. , I would be so grateful for your advice. . I just don't know what to do. Thank you.
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Answered by Dr. Lizabeth Sloane (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Treat current decay and periodontal health

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Welcome and thank you for your inquiry. I am a dentist and will be glad to answer your questions. Reasons recession is not a concern:
-small amount of recession
-no sensitivity
-no decay
-not esthetic conern to patient
-good bone support
-sound bite and no habits to accelerate recession
You want to stop the progression with effective, but gentle dental care. Your dentist should monitor the progress at recall visits. Your dentist will advise you on care techniques and any change in treatments needed. Exposed roots can have surgery to return the gum to the proper level or bonding done to remove decay and protect a notched out area. Flouride treatments can help harden the exposed surface and help prevent decay and sensitivity. Many rinses that you can use at home have flouride. Presription flouride is available.
Now, you describe symptoms of progression and periodontal disease after five years. Your overall health needs to be considered. Do you take any medications that give you a dry mouth? This can increase your rate of decay and exposed roots are extremely prone to decay. If recession has increased, then bone support is decreasing under the gum. This explains the loosening. Your bite will become unstable. You need a thorough evaluation of your periodontal condition.
I am glad to review additional dental records and X-rays.
Dental schools offer clinics for patients to have treatment at a savings. You can try to locate a school and make an appointment for a second opinion. Some hospitals have dental clinics and offer treatment at savings as well. I do not know of dental care grants, but your state or community may have assistance plans. You have a copy of your records and can see another dentist. You are wise to eliminate decay without long delays. I feel you should see the dental specialist, a periodontist, to evaluate the health of your gum and bone. This is important to help decide an overall treatment plan. I send my patients to the periodontist when faced with the concerns that you describe. The periodontist and I work together to develope a treatment plan to keep your optimal oral health with long term concerns.
I am looking forward to hearing back from you. I am glad to answer additional questions and help you with your dental concerns.
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Brief Answer: Treat current decay and periodontal health Detailed Answer: Hello, Welcome and thank you for your inquiry. I am a dentist and will be glad to answer your questions. Reasons recession is not a concern: -small amount of recession -no sensitivity -no decay -not esthetic conern to patient -good bone support -sound bite and no habits to accelerate recession You want to stop the progression with effective, but gentle dental care. Your dentist should monitor the progress at recall visits. Your dentist will advise you on care techniques and any change in treatments needed. Exposed roots can have surgery to return the gum to the proper level or bonding done to remove decay and protect a notched out area. Flouride treatments can help harden the exposed surface and help prevent decay and sensitivity. Many rinses that you can use at home have flouride. Presription flouride is available. Now, you describe symptoms of progression and periodontal disease after five years. Your overall health needs to be considered. Do you take any medications that give you a dry mouth? This can increase your rate of decay and exposed roots are extremely prone to decay. If recession has increased, then bone support is decreasing under the gum. This explains the loosening. Your bite will become unstable. You need a thorough evaluation of your periodontal condition. I am glad to review additional dental records and X-rays. Dental schools offer clinics for patients to have treatment at a savings. You can try to locate a school and make an appointment for a second opinion. Some hospitals have dental clinics and offer treatment at savings as well. I do not know of dental care grants, but your state or community may have assistance plans. You have a copy of your records and can see another dentist. You are wise to eliminate decay without long delays. I feel you should see the dental specialist, a periodontist, to evaluate the health of your gum and bone. This is important to help decide an overall treatment plan. I send my patients to the periodontist when faced with the concerns that you describe. The periodontist and I work together to develope a treatment plan to keep your optimal oral health with long term concerns. I am looking forward to hearing back from you. I am glad to answer additional questions and help you with your dental concerns.