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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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How do they fix a cavity on the gum line?

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. Andrea Brand
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Tooth Decay (Definition)

Tooth decay is the destructive process that occurs when the acids and bacteria in the mouth demineralize and dissolve away portions of the tooth structure. This can be stopped with proper tooth care and mineralization products (like fluoride) that ...Read more


Dr. Paul Epstein
Board Certified, Dentistry
42 years in practice
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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.

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. Andrea Brand
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Dr. Maurice Lindly
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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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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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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Dr. Andrea Brand
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Dr. Kara Rosenthal-Fraiman
Board Certified, Endodontics
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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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Dr. James Wright
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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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Dr. Fernando Juliao
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Dr. Paul Grin
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30 years in practice
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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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Dr. Joseph Capista
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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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Dr. Paul Grin
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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?

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?

See your dentist: Visit your dentist for re-evaluation to check the "Black spot". Could be only a simple stain or gigngival cavity. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Caries (Definition)

Caries is also known as Cavity. A destructive process causing decalcification of the tooth enamel and leading to continued destruction of enamel and dentin, and ...Read more


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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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