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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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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


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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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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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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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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

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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?


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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

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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

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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

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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

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