Rated 5.0/5 based on 20 votes

Top
10
Doctor insights on: How Do Dentist Fix Cavities Along Gum Line

Share
Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
30 years in practice
23M people helped
1

1
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

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Board Certified
44 years in practice
16M people helped
Get help from a real doctor now
Continue

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. James Wright
Board Certified, Dentistry
27 years in practice
2M people helped
2

2
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

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Board Certified
44 years in practice
16M people helped
Get help from a real doctor now
Continue
Dr. Joseph Capista
Board Certified, Cosmetic Dentistry
169K people helped
3

3
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

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Kara Rosenthal-Fraiman
Board Certified, Endodontics
25 years in practice
63K people helped
4

4
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

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Board Certified
44 years in practice
16M people helped
Get help from a specialist now
Continue
Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
30 years in practice
23M people helped
5

5
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

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Brian Dyess
Board Certified, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
32 years in practice
68K people helped
6

6
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?

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

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Board Certified, Dentistry
37 years in practice
1M people helped
7

7
Can fillings cause discoloration on my gums? I had a silver filling used to fill a cavity, and now the gum next to it looks like it is turning bluish or something. I don't know what's going on. Should i see my dentist? .

Can fillings cause discoloration on my gums? I had a silver filling used to fill a cavity, and now the gum next to it looks like it is turning bluish or something. I don't know what's going on. Should i see my dentist?


.

Gingival tattoo: Sometimes in the process of doing a silver amalgam filling, small pieces of the excess filling can become embedded in the gum tissue, creating what your describing. The area is not swollen, but is purplish and is close to the filling. It is not dangerous, but if you find it effects your esthetics see a periodontists. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Paul Brand
Board Certified, Dentistry
31 years in practice
118K people helped
8

8
Do i get a second opinion? I haven't been to the dentist in 6 plus years. I just recently went to one to get my teeth cleaned and a check up. I am 23 years old and have never had a cavity. I was told i had a ton of tarter on my teeth and my gums were pull

Don't stay away: All of the answers you've gotten are correct - you can certainly seek a 2nd opinion, but the fact is that no one can maintain a healthy mouth without periodic professional dental care. The damage done by not having regular hygiene appts, and regular exams by a dentist is frequently very silent, and often much more complicated and costly than staying in continuing care. It does make a difference. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Thomas Yash
Board Certified, Dentistry
40 years in practice
938K people helped
9

9
My nerves are in the wrong places and I have cavities. What type of xray do I ask for so the dentist can see the nerves? I have cavities and need a deep cleaning. It hurts everytime i see a dentist. My gums are receeding as well. Should i see some sort of

No xray: You cannot see the nerves on x-ray. Major routes may be seen but you can have extra inervations into teeth. The more the dentist is familiar with your mouth the easier it is to control. You do have some gum problems with recession and need for deep scale to control disease. Getting your gums in better health will help with general discomfort. You may want to talk to dentist about anxiety. Meds. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Howard Banner
Board Certified, Dentistry
42 years in practice
136K people helped
10

10
Dental problem with gums, I guess. Molar along gum where enamel is missing is dark. Cavity or tea?

Dental problem with gums, I guess. Molar along gum where enamel is missing is dark. Cavity or tea?

Either: If you have receeding gums and have a lot of debris and plaque forming on the exposed root surface, you may have either a cavity or just stain. A dentist would need to evaluate this. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
645 doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Patricia Foster
1 doctor shared a insight

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


Get more personalized answers directly from real doctors!

Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Board Certified,
44 years in practice
16M people helped
Continue
72,000 doctors available
Find us on Facebook