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Small holes in tooth at gum line. how long can i last without going to the dentist?

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Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Can't predict: Your best bet is to have it checked asap.
Dr. Kiyan Mehdizadeh
Dentistry 9 years experience
Don't wait: The "small holes" could be cervical caries. This decay not only weakens your tooth, it becomes incredibly difficult to restore nicely once it has advanced. Even more importantly, the decay has a very short distance to travel before it reaches the tooth pulp, then requiring a root canal for treatment.

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Last updated Dec 3, 2012

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