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Cavities On The Gum Line
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.
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
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
I had a cavity at the gum line filled, but the filling materials comes out over the gums and created a significant ridge. Will this ridge cause issue?
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
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
Tooth pain. Dentist says it's a cavity near gum line. And wait because extraction was done near tooth a month ago. Chills. Scared of sepsis.
Return to dentist: You need to find out if the pain you are having is from the previous extraction site or from the untreated cavity. We would not normally expect pain from an extraction after a month of healing. If healing normally, then it should be healed enough to allow the second tooth to be fixed. ...Read more
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?
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?
See below: Speak to your dentist and have a treatment plan. The general dentist may want you to have a consultation with a periodontist if warranted to have optimum results. ...Read more
I have a deep cavity. It has not reached the gum-line yet. It covers one quarter of my tooth. Will I need a root canal?
Deep cavity: Means a need to see your dentist. He/she will let you know the best way to treat this. Please avoid infection by doing this. If you don't have the money for treatment contact a dental school which may see you at a reduced rate. Peace and good health. ...Read more
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
What can I do for a cavity causing pain at the gum line? It keeps me awake and ibuprofen and Tylenol do not help. I have an appt. To see someone Monday
Emergency appt: If the lesion hurts that much it must be deep... See if you can move your appointment to an earlier time. All the best.... ...Read more
Black spot near the gum line. I had teeth cleaning made by a dentist 2 days back and he said that my teeth don't have any cavities but today I find a b?
I have an extra piece of meat coming out of my gums, near a cavity that was filled. What could it be?
Hello.: Hello. Unless meat is code name for something else, consider use of a flosser, a pick, string floss or an interdental brush to remove it the meat. ...Read more
Possibly: Depending on how far below the gumline the cavity is, your dentist can sometimes move some of the gum tissue away without cutting it to repair the cavity. However, if the cavity is deep below the gumline, the only way to access and take care of it will be to move the gums out of the way. Speak with your dentist about your particular situation to see what can be done. ...Read more
Talk to your dentist: The pain in the gums associated with the tooth that has decay can be related to a number of causes, including a possible infection. Many offices offer payment options and can discuss them with you before proceeding with treatment. ...Read more
How come everytime I eat candy, I always get a constant sharp pain in my gums? Could I have a cavity or something?
Yes: Sensitivity to sweets is often because of dental caries or a leaking filling. However, gum recession can lead to root sensitivity setting off sharp pain due to cold, heat, touch, chemicals (sugar, etc.) you should have your dentist determine the cause and fix like a filling. It can get worse. ...Read more
I have great brushing habits, no cavities. But my gums are inflamed. How long should it take to completely fix this? What all should I incorporate
Great to hear: It is terrific to see that your excellent oral hygiene habits have provided you with a cavity free mouth. The question remains, why are your gums inflamed? Brushing too hard? Gingivitis? Calculus build up? Your post does not say when you last visited a dentist for a professional cleaning. Even though you have no cavities and brush well, you still may need a professional cleaning. ...Read more
I have a hug hard lump on the outer side of my gums on the bottom left side. I don't kno wat it is. It I do have a cavity right where it is at. .
I have had a tooth with a cavity for quite some time, and I believe it has rotted. Can this hurt my gums? What else can happen from this? Please help!
Yes: It can hurt your gum, as the infection expends from the root canal in the tooth socket and eventually in the gum if left untreated. It get spread outside the gum, such as in the sinus cavity, if it's an upper molar that is being affected. In rare cases, it may affect your eye and if left untreated completely, the infection may reach the bloodstream causing sepsis. ...Read more
I have a cavity but it is not painful. Its started chipping and now its all gone, except what's left in my gums. I'm scared of the dentist. What will the dentist do?
Needs attention: Even though the tooth isn't currently painful, your description is of a tooth that has broken and needs to be removed. It is a real risk to become abscessed and that will significantly complicate the extraction. Try to find a dentist in which you have confidence to ease some of your dental fears. Some preappointment sedation medications may also relax you for the procedure and help allay some fears. ...Read more
Can gingavitis hurt like a cavity or know somethimes my pain moves side to side I was told at ER my gums were swollen going to denist today?
There's like a white pimple on my upper gums that can pop and grow back. It looks like there's a little white next to it. I have a cavity to. Ideas?
Abcessed tooth: See your dentist. You may have a dead infected tooth. If this happens it can form a pimple above the tooth. A sinus track can form from the tooth infection and drain out into the mouth through the gum or mucosa. ...Read more
It is possible: A little more history about the onset and type of pain you are experiencing is necessary. If the crown has been in place for a long period of time, you could have recurrent decay in the tooth. You could also have a periodontal or gum problem. If the crown is a new crown, it could be related to irritation from the seating of the crown, possibly some residual cement, or your occlusion or bite. ...Read more
Tooth pain: Can be caused by a host of problems. What produces the pain is extremely helpful in determining the cause. For example- pain on pressure (bite problem, inflamed nerve, root fracture); pain to sweets (microleakage around filling); sensitivity to cold (exposed dentin, cementum); pain to heat relieved by cold (necrotic nerve); other possibilities as well. Consult with one or more dentists 4 answer. ...Read more
Had a cavity the entire tooth on outside is almost gone n is black gums aren't swollen red or swore so will it just basicalt dissolve or fall out?
Unlikely: The tooth with deep cavity is full of harmful bacteria. Unlike a baby tooth, a permanent adult tooth won't fall out so easily, as the roots are much deeper. For now, your body is constantly fighting against ever-increasing bacteria in the tooth. Left untreated, you will likely have an abscess--a dangerous infection that can invade other parts of face and body. Please see a dentist asap. ...Read more