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Doctor insights on: Cavities On The Gum Line

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Gums (Definition)

Gum are the pink soft tissue that forms a collar around our teeth, that collar acts as a gasket of sorts that protects the tooth roots and the bone that ...Read more


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Cavity near the gum line. Why would a rubber dam be used?

To get a better fill: Some fillings can be done much easier and more predictably using a rubber dam. Saliva can interfere with the bonding process. Using a rubber dam can control saliva contamination and the gingival tissue can be retracted, giving the dentist a clean dry operating field. ...Read more

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How do they fix a cavity on the gum line?

Restoration: A cavity on the gum line can be fixed with a filling... Usually a tooth colored filling is used for esthetic reasons, but a silver filling can be used on the posterior teeth, too. ...Read more

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I have a small cavity under my gum line on a crowned molar & have been told that it must be extracted. Is this the only solution? Gill

I have a small cavity under my gum line on a crowned molar & have been told that it must be extracted. Is this the only solution? Gill

Hard to say...: ... your dentist has examined the tooth and together with the help of a radiograph s/he has determined that the tooth is unrestorable. Without knowing the extent of the decay or the periodontal condition of the tooth, it is difficult to dispute the diagnosis. If you feel otherwise, then a second opinion from another dentist who can examine you would be wise. ...Read more

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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

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. ...Read more

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I have about twelve cavities. Most of which are gum line. The gap between the gum and the tooth is quite large. Is this typically something that can be fixed, or would it most likely require the tooth/teeth to be pulled?

I have about twelve cavities. Most of which are gum line. The gap between the gum and the tooth is quite large. Is this typically something that can be fixed, or would it most likely require the tooth/teeth to be pulled?

Yes. : Twelve cavities are alot. Most cervical caries at gum line can be fixed. A tooth colored bonded resin filling will look good, may help to close gaps, and can last for years with a better care and improved diet. However some of your problems might be related to gum disease which if not treated may lead to tooth loss. Ask your dentist. ...Read more

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Can a dentist do an onlay for a cavity close to or at the gum line(not below) with out crown lengthening ? . Roots are fine though.

Can a dentist do an onlay for a cavity close to or at the gum line(not below) with out crown lengthening ? .  Roots are fine though.

Yes,but: The bone must not be at the same level as the tooth. Crown lengthening happens when the decay is very deep and the preparation is at the same level as the bone. Crown lengthening can also be performed to aesthetically place the gums at a better level. Sounds like you could be ok, but have your dentist show you your x-ray for clarification so you feel comfortable receiving treatment. ...Read more

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How do dentists repair gum line cavities?

Like other cavities: Like other cavities. The decay is cleaned out and a tooth colored filling is bonded to the area. You will not even see the cavity when it's finished ...Read more

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Gum line cavity. It only hurts a little. Can I wait until Monday to see the dentist?

Gum line cavity. It only hurts a little. Can I wait until Monday to see the dentist?

Yes, you can: However, once a cavity has passed through the enamel and into the deeper tooth called dentin, it can spread toward the nerve area. Fixing the defects along your gum line can relieve a great deal of hypersensitivity to cold in these areas. Take care. ...Read more

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