Possible front tooth loss

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Hi,
I'm a 39 yr old female, and wondering if someone been in my situation...
During my 2nd pregnancy 16yrs ago my two front teeth started to develop a gap, I went to my dentist expressing my concerns and she just shrugged her shoulders and said 'nothing I can do' and was quite rude about it.
I changed dentists and visited him around 10yrs ago, and expressed how paranoid I was about the gap in my front teeth, he was quite patronizing saying I've had a lot of work on my teeth (2 root canals due to no losing back molars as a child and 1 filling) and said I need to stop eating sweets, i said i dont even eat sweets and he looked at me like i was a liar, and he gave me huge lecture on flossing. Then he said he could put two white fillings between the teeth to close the gap at a cost, I went ahead with it. Teeth looked okay for a couple of years then I experienced pain on the left teeth, I went to him again and he basically said well you're gonna loose the tooth as a abcess is there, he the gave me very expensive options that I could noway afford, and I just started crying my eyes out, he then said he could probably save it by having root canal and a crown and it wouldn't be as expensive, so the never next day he performed the root canal. He said I had gum disease and having some bone loss making me feel really crappy and unhygienic, again trying to give me expensive options like implants. After I had it done the tooth hasn't felt right and slightly loose and the gap getting bigger, but I've just got on with it being careful as I don't wanna see that dentist again, as I felt he just wanted money. (He tried telling my daughter she had a abcess and wanted to do root canal the next day, I said no I'm getting a second opinion and he got shitty, low and behold another dentist said there was nothing wrong with her tooth, just a bit of inflammation)
Last week my top part of my gums swelled really bad, I managed on pain relief and anti inflammatory tablets. The tooth now has became extremely loose now and its gonna probably fall out and the other front tooth isn't looking too great now and fear it will end up like the other one. I know my gums are not in the best heath, and due to a medical problem I was constantly being sick for 8yrs and believe this has caused some decay too. I do brush regularly, and use expensive toothpaste and mouth washes, ive also suffered ulcers on my gums due to stress and that hasn't helped.
I have emailed a new dentist in the area, I'm just really nervous they are going to judge me and I'm going to look awful toothless, I'm also renewing my vows next year. Has anyone lost their front teeth? And what options did you choose?

Sorry for the long post thanks for reading
 
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I'm so sorry you're going through this, so distressing as you are still so young. Front teeth are so important to your self esteem. It's possible this is down to your gum disease. Gum disease can be hereditary so even if you take really good care of your teeth you won't stop it progressing. Only regular periodontist appointments can help. It may be that the gap was forming all along because your gum problems. If you have photos or x rays you could post then the dentists here can have a look and assess your situation.
 

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I'm so sorry you're going through this, so distressing as you are still so young. Front teeth are so important to your self esteem. It's possible this is down to your gum disease. Gum disease can be hereditary so even if you take really good care of your teeth you won't stop it progressing. Only regular periodontist appointments can help. It may be that the gap was forming all along because your gum problems. If you have photos or x rays you could post then the dentists here can have a look and assess your situation.
 

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Unfortunately gum disease runs in my family, my grandmother had dentures from a young age, my aunt & cousin have issues and so does my 21 yr old daughter, lucky for her they have it under control and was caught early.

As you can see from my front teeth I'm very self conscious anyway and never ever smile for photos. I feel let down by the two previous dentists as I've put my trust in them. I'm hoping 3rd time lucky and they can sort something out. I'm here in the uk and I know only certain bands let you have NHS treatment, anything cosmetic costs a absolute fortune.
 

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Hopefully one of the dentists here will give you some feedback. But you should try to get an appointment with a periodontist. it's worth the money to look after your gums. It's great news that your daughter was caught early and is having some success. Maybe they can save that tooth if they treat the gums. I think they don't look too bad. It's the gums that need to be brought back to health before anything else. See a specialist.
 

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