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A 49-year-old female asked:

what if you have bone loss in gums?

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Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry 9 years experience
Weaker gums: That means loss of the supporting tissues for your teeth(bone), leads to pocketing between the gums and teeth , mobility, plaque collection and inflammation , the condition called periodontitis, it ends with teeth loss if un treated..
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Perio Bone Loss: Periodontal bone loss is the result of periodontal (gum) disease ; results in loss of support for teeth. This progression over time results in drifting of teeth, loss of teeth and collapse of bite. You should be in the hands of a periodontist to stop the process, prevent future problems and treat\repair the destruction. You cooperation is essential as the periodontist cannot do it without ur help.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Peridontitis: Bone loss is indicative of periodontal disease. It needs to be treated to help prevent loss of your teeth. Please see a periodontist pronto.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How well does synthetic cow bone work to replace bone loss in gums?

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Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Bone grafts: Bone from cows, or bovine bone, works very well to augment the jawbone under the gums, for example, for placement of dental implants. Technically, it's not synthetic because it comes from a living animal. There are other bone sources, including pigs (porcine bone) and unrelated human bone, which also work well. Other synthetic artificial bone substitutes are available also.
A member asked:

The gums above my two front teeth are swollen and I need them to go back to normal within 72 hours what do I do?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Brush, rinse, floss: Brush and keep them clean, floss them gently and try rinsing with warm salt water in that area specifically. Rinse for a minute or so or as long as you can. This should help it go away. If the swelling is not going away you need to see your dentist to have it checked out. Good luck.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How can inflammed and swollen gums be treated?

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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
It depends: On the cause. Most of the time, this is due to plaque and calculus and is treated by a professional cleaning and good oral hygiene. However, some serious systemic diseases can cause swollen gums, so it is best to visit a dentist for an evaluation.
A 35-year-old member asked:

My friend insists that I should perform oral sex on her. Is this hygienic if I have bad gums?

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Dr. Charles Kattuah
Dentistry 23 years experience
Gums vs. hygiene?: If by stating you have bad gums that you have untreated periodontal disease caused by poor oral hygiene and lack of dental care then you may be harboring many potentially harmful organisms in your mouth and will likely transfer them to her when doing the act. If by bad gums you mean that they are receding yet you have good oral hygiene and get regular dental care then you should be fine.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Will laceration to bone cause permanent scar?

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Dr. Patrick Offner
Trauma Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Any laceration will cause a permanent scar.

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