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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Board Certified, Dentistry
35 years in practice
28M people helped
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How do they fix a cavity on the gum line?

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Board Certified, Dentistry
35 years in practice
28M people helped
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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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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22 years in practice
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Dr. Paul Epstein
Board Certified, Dentistry
43 years in practice
67K people helped
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I have a cavity near my gum line and it is goin underneathe my gum line .What would be the best procedure for this? It does not hurt or swell.

Dr. Paul Epstein
Board Certified, Dentistry
43 years in practice
67K people helped

See a Professional: It may be treated simply by removing the decay and placing a filling, but if left untreated the treatment may be more extensive. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Maurice Lindly
Board Certified, Dentistry
33 years in practice
176K people helped
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Cavity near the gum line. Why would a rubber dam be used?

Dr. Maurice Lindly
Board Certified, Dentistry
33 years in practice
176K people helped

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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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Board Certified, Dentistry
35 years in practice
28M people helped
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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

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Board Certified, Dentistry
35 years in practice
28M people helped
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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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Kara Rosenthal-Fraiman
Board Certified, Endodontics
26 years in practice
63K people helped
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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

Dr. Kara Rosenthal-Fraiman
Board Certified, Endodontics
26 years in practice
63K people helped

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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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
Board Certified, Dentistry
33 years in practice
476K people helped
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My mom had a cavity that fell into her gum line and causes pain. She was now told it can't be removed because its too close to the nerve. Options?

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
Board Certified, Dentistry
33 years in practice
476K people helped
My mom had a cavity that fell into her gum line and causes pain. She was now told it can't be removed because its too close to the nerve. Options?

Root canal therapy: Ask the dentist if a root canal would save the tooth. This would be a viable option if the tooth is deemed salvageable. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Yash
Board Certified, Dentistry
41 years in practice
945K people helped
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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?

Dr. Thomas Yash
Board Certified, Dentistry
41 years in practice
945K people helped
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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Dr. James Wright
Board Certified, Dentistry
28 years in practice
2M people helped
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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.

Dr. James Wright
Board Certified, Dentistry
28 years in practice
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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.

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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Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
23M people helped
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Gum line cavity. It only hurts a little. Can I wait until Monday to see the dentist?

Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
23M people helped
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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Dr. Fernando Juliao
Board Certified, Dentistry
25 years in practice
579K people helped
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What is a little brown spot on my gum line near a cavity?

Dr. Fernando Juliao
Board Certified, Dentistry
25 years in practice
579K people helped

Could be..: Could be more decay.. Get evaluated by a dentist! ...Read more

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