Hi Dr. Backlund, I ope I'm not coming across as neurotic, it is just that teeth are important. I just came from the Periodontist and he confirmed that the tooth is 8mm. I also have pockets in my upper 2 molars as well but not that deep. P they were 5mm. He deep cleaned the 8mm and gave me an antibiotic. He also had me bite on a plastic stick to see if it elicited any pain. It did not but he isn't ruling out abscess or infection even though I don't have any pain. He said he will try to get it healthier and see what happens. He also mentioned something about root canal which I have nev had. Anyway I go ba k in a few days and he is going to work on the other molars. My other teeth are in good shape. My current dentist called him, I think to cover his tracks and told him that he did deep pocket cleaning on my teeth. That has never happened. I just had my checkup and X-rays 3 days ago and nothing was said about pockets. He sent me to the other dentist to put me to sleep and she noticed the pocket on sight w/o the X-ray and sent me to the periodontist. Anyway after a sleepless night thinking I was going to lose my teeth he gave me some hope. I appreciate your advice and listening to my tales of woe. Thank you, Lynn
You are NOT neurotic! You have been through a lot in a short period of time and have had some real dental surprises in addition. I'm glad I could be there to help where possible....it's a bit tough since this is only the internet.
It sounds to me like you are on the right path and have a team now that can really return you mouth to a healthy condition. I guess the only good thing is that all this happened now, instead of 5 years from now when it might have become much worse.
Best of luck and check in with me periodically so I can hear how things are going.
Gary Backlund DMD, MSD