A 39-year-old female asked:
How to treat a cavity under the gum line i have a small cavity under the gum, is there a way to treat this? my dentist is giving me confusing information. for example, he'll say "we cannot root canal it and set a crown" but then he'll say "we can root can
3 doctor answers • 8 doctors weighed in
Cosmetic Dentistry 26 years experience
It : It wasn't mentioned if you have symptoms, e.g. Severe pain, why a root canal was recommended. Assuming the tooth is healthy, if you are my patient, i will use my laser to do gum reduction (gingivectomy) after application of a strong topical anesthetic, provided it won't violate the biologic width (which is within 3mm), to access and restore the small cavity. In case there is already a pulpal involvement, (e.g. A narrow opening but deep enough to communicate to the pulp), a root canal has to be done. I will recommend implant vs. Bridge to preserve the bone integrity, easier flossing, and capacity to chew hard foods without traumatizing the abutments where the pontic (floating crown) has to be connected.
The success and longevity of this treatment will depend on a number of factors including your occlusion (if the bite is balanced), oral hygiene, habits, and diet.
5.3k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Prosthodontics 42 years experience
Try dental school: You might try to get treatment at the nearest dental school. The care is usually very good , and the cost much less than at a private office. Also, some hospitals have training programs for advanced education and oral surgery training. Check them out as well. Chicago is a good place to be for this. Good luck.
5.4k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Endodontics 32 years experience
To root canal or not: In most cases a cavity under the gum line can be salvageable. Depending on how deep the cavity may go down the root under the gum line a root canal can be done. The only question will be if your dentist can be able to fit a crown on the tooth . Many dentist may suggest having a extra procedure done called "crown lengthening " which is done by a periodontist.
5.2k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Oct 3, 2016
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.