My 19-year-old daughter went in for her 6-month dental checkup. I was finally able to exhale thinking that, after three years and two "phases" of orthodontics which included a painful Herbst appliance followed up by her wisdom teeth extraction last August, we are DONE.
Not so! says our dentist. Dentist points to the gum tissue around her bottom teeth. I peer into her mouth. Everything looks fine to me. But dentist says: This gum is so thin and fragile! She will need to see a periodontist, I'm told, for evaluation of gingival recession. They will probably need to graft some gum tissue from the roof of her mouth. And what if she doesn't, I ask. "Then her teeth will fall out."
I am told that it has nothing to do with her hygiene or brushing methods. She simply has thin, fragile gum tissue which, by the way, is fairly common with the type of orthodontic work she has.
I am given a card for a local periodontist and cautioned to "not wait" to make my appointment since Spring Break is coming up and he books up quickly for the summer.
Of course, if I visit the periodontist I'm fairly certain he will say she needs gum surgery, since that's how he makes a living. Does ANYONE have experience with teenagers and gum surgery? Or waiting for a few years before having the gum surgery? I don't want to put her through this if I really don't have to.