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Gingival Recession and resection!

Irishgypsie's picture
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Hello, Like many I haven't been active on the boards much since my fraternity initiation back in 2010.  I do lurk every now and then; however like most of us I had a tough go with it emotionally moving on after treatment and my counselor and I came to the conclusion that maybe it would be best to take a break from the boards.  So I did,  life pretty much has gone back to normal, dating, working, about to complete a my masters, next month; eating what ever I want (minus wasabe) ;), back to enjoying good wine, etc.   So far things have been pretty good health wise too (knock on wood), I will be 4 years June 29th.  

I was 38 at the time of diagnosis and had pretty good teeth, so I opted to keep them and to see what happens.  Being single and a cancer survivor was bad enough trying to date, I couldn't imagine trying to date with no teeth as well!  Anyway, like everyone else, I brush with prevident 5000 flouride, use act flouride, floss, etc, don't drink soda or orange juice (unless with a straw), and I chew gum regularly preferably Trident extra care with recaldent.  

So, so far so good with teeth, 4 years out (knock on wood); however that being said, I have hereditary Gingival Recession to my two front incisors and I was referred to a periodontist.  They want to do a gingival resection.  I know all about the  risks and have read everyones posts on post dental care; when it comes to the teeth; however this just deals with tissue and not bone.  I'm also thinking that since I used a (TOMO IMRT machine), radiation was mainly focused to the back right where the cancer was; so I'm thinking the right back teeth and mandible will be the future problem areas; but since this is the front it should be ok?   

I am getting a second opion, but was just wondering if anyone out there has dealt with this specific issue.  I am also aware of the possibility of pre and post hyberbaric treatments, along with prophylactic abx.    I recall a post front rat face, who had a positive outcome, I will send a shout out to him, as well. 

Anyway, in the end we are all different, and no case is the same.  I wish everyone on here the best of luck and health; many prayers for strength to the newbies and a big shout out to General Skiffin, wishing him luck with his upcoming procedure; glad the results came back clean!!. :) 




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debbiejeanne's picture
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irishgypsie, so glad to hear you are doing so well and praying all goes well with the teeth.  i haven't had any problems so i can't be of any help, just wanted to say hi and glad you're doing well.


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Also glad to hear that life is treating you well. My cancer was of the mandible, so my situation a bit different from yours. I think getting the 2nd opinion is wise. I did do hyperbaric txs. No pain or discomfort just time consuming. 

Good luck!

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Often called the capital of Ireland (Scouser or Liverpudlian oft known as an Irishman who can swim). In just at the start of your journey awaiting therapy so I am pleased you are so well. NHS dentist has just told me I can keep teeth but been issued with fluoride toothpaste / mouthwash etc. Ive been given a card to carry stating that if I smash my teeth I must be seen by an oral surgeon!

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Forgot to say "Liverpool is the pool of life" Jung, as you are a philosophy man. Managed to get my masters prior to diagnosis but not in philosophy! Good Luck mate.

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Good to read your recent post and the positive report. You are so correct, we do adjust to a new normal and try to live life the best we can. I hope the teeth issue works out for you without to much trouble, you have already been done a bumpy road before.

My Best to You and Everyone Here

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D Lewis
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Good to hear from you.  Sorry for the late response, I don't get on here daily either.  I've been told (by my future maxillofacial surgeon) that it is the back two molars on the lower jaw that will be the most problematic.  The front teeth are almost completely out of the radiation field.   Hyperbaric oxygen  treatment is recommended to prevent osteoradionecrosis of the jawbone.  HBO does promote healing, but it likely would be overkill for soft tissue healing. I'm not sure a doctor would prescribe it for that. Best of luck in your upcoming procedures.  I will hit my four-year anniversary mark in late May.  Woot!


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Nice to hear from a well healed 2010 veteran.

Like you I want to hold on to my pearly whites, but wonder what is ahead.

Keep living life to the fullest.


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