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Cavities On The Gum Line
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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