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Is there anything visual in this area, or would you be able to submit a picture or a few in order for me to look at the site? That may help narrow down what is going on.
Also, how long have the teeth been broken would you estimate, do you think you have other symptoms that aren't happening in your mouth? When would you guess was your last full dental check-up?
I understand that you don't like going to the dentist, however with what you are describing I believe you are dealing with a periodontal (gum/bone tissue) disease or infection. There are symptoms that can happen in the mouth in regards ***** ***** but you wouldn't simply have the gum tissue issues-there would be other symptoms elsewhere or pain. Although you've had broken teeth for quite some time, one of these teeth or multiple teeth could be diseased or infected causing the resulting symptoms. When teeth break, and bacteria that lives in our mouth gets into the nerve area of the teeth it can be instant pain, or it can take years and years for symptoms to develop. With those symptoms you could be developing an infection or abscess that isn't always visual since its in the jaw. You could also be dealing with periodontal disease from not having a professional cleaning in a long time. What happens is tarter (also known as calculus) will form at and under the gumline, and the bacteria associated with this hard deposit can cause all sorts of things: break down bone support, irritate ligament around the root, spread to other healthier teeth, etc. This can be treated with deeper cleaning and sometimes antibiotics and I have had some of my patients that have come to me with perio disease that have itchy gums or burning. The burning symptom itself would also be from lichen planus, which is an autoimmune condition that causes inflammation in the mouth. The real result I hope from telling you this info, is that you can find a dentist you like and that you can at least have an exam with xrays, so things that are visual to the naked eye aren't turning into big problems for you.
If there is anything that would ease your worry about that first dental appointment, please ask and I'll try to explain any common questions that you may have. Otherwise, take care