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Should a tooth with bone and gum recession be extracted if not infected

A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Ostreicher
Specializes in Orthodontics
Yes: Your gums may be healthy now, but at one time they were not, that has led to the gum recession and bone loss.
Dr. Michael Stern
Dentistry 49 years experience
Correct: Bone loss must occur prior to visible gum recession. However some gum recession is normal as you get older. Your dentist knows what is normal versus... Read More
Dr. Peter Flaherty
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Most likely: The real question is how much bone loss. At 72 having some bone loss wouldn't be unusual. The concerns are: continued bone loss, loose teeth, untreate... Read More

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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Yes: While the two generally go hand in hand, especially over time, one can have mild to (moderate) gum recession and limited bone loss. The bone loss can... Read More
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Not really...: The bone would have to resorb at least as much as the gum has receded, otherwise the bone would be peeking into the oral cavity, which does not happen... Read More
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Of course: in more moderate cases, there is actual bone loss. See a periodontist for consultation and treatment.
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 40 years experience
Peridontal bone loss: That can best be determined by a periodontist. However, this is probably the case as you had a significant periodontal procedure (s;c) and lanap per... Read More
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 34 years experience
Yes that is true.: Yes, moderate-severe gum recession is the result of moderate-severe bone loss in the area. The gum tissue can not exist with out the underlying suppor... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry 9 years experience
Normal: At your age to get slight gum recession, that might be treated by scaling and root planing, but in extreme gum recession that involves some bone loss ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
General Practice 17 years experience
See a dentist: If you can see bone/tooth and it hurts, you should probably have a dentist take a look at it. You are at risk for infection.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes: The pressure from an impacted tooth may have shifted your other teeth by a fraction, throwing your bite off. Have an oral surgeon take a look regardin... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Lots of questions: Hard to answer any of them without examining your teeth. Together with radiographs, your local dentist can diagnose any problems you may have and advi... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Gottlieb
Dentistry 41 years experience
Not likely: The most usual cause is shifting that occurs over time. Especially in lower front teeth. It should not be a concern if you can keep them clean.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Periodontal disease: If there are no teeth there is no periodontal disease. However you can still loose bone if there are no teeth. This is one reason why implants are re... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
No and No: ... to your questions. But a sonicare toothbrush is not therapy for periodontitis. If you are truly 29 and have periodontitis, you need to be evaluate... Read More

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