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What Causes Gums To Turn Black
Melanin: Can also be an amalgam tattoo.Get a more detailed answer ›
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Dark spot on your gum can be signs of harmless or serious conditions, depending on its nature.
If the spot did not go away in 2-3 weeks, it would be best if you visited a dentist in order to find out the cause. ...Read more
Subgingival calculus: Sounds like deep heavy stained subgingival calculus but we can't diagnose it over the internet sight unseen. Regardless please see a local dentist or Periodontist for evaluation and treatment. Untreated periodontal disease (if that's what it is) can cause loss of teeth. ...Read more
Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes teeth to turn black in between them at the gum lines?
Cavities?: Calculus that has stained may also appear black. Please visit your dentist for treatment. Either of the above conditions cannot be left alone. ...Read more
Can an abscess on your gums that look black cause your lymph nodes to swell in the neck and armpits?
If new, then should resorb.
Ice for now and watch.
If not quickly gone see oral specialist. ...Read more
Can temporary dental caps cause gums to change color? I have a temporary cap in on the left side of my mouth at the moment, and the gum around the cap is purplish/black color. It doesn't hurt, but the color change does concern me. Is this normal with temp
It sounds like the gum tissue is inflammed. Did you just have the temp place a day or two ago, or is it there for a while?
If not polished, it could be trapping food and bacteria.
There is a very slight chance you are allergic to the monomer in the acrylic. Call your dentist to have him take a look. ...Read more
Can a bad bad tooth cause, trouble urinating. Weight loss and a lot of back pain. Been in mouth for three yrs its black one side, big lump high gum?
Any of infections..: Normally, a periodontal, or gingival abscess can cause such sudden reaction, and in most of cases 24 to 72 hours after eating pop corn or chips, or nuts, where they hide below gum line and detach the gum. Please note that "tooth/root infection" can also cause sudden pain in the gum. ...Read more
Bleeding gums is a sign of moderate to severe gingivitis. The gums are either invected or irritated by plaque or calculus ont he teeth. See your dentist for a thorough exam and prophylaxis (tooth cleaning). In the meantime start flossing and brushing to remove the plaque.
Hormonal changes may also cause gums to bleed. ...Read more
Permanent: Discoloration can be due to certain chronically taken medication, melanin pigmentation, or metals leeching from restorations or actual particles of a restoration becoming engulfed by macrophages within mucosa and becoming permanently "deposited". Certain disease processes can also lead to discolored gingiva. Discoloration can range from dark brown, blue, reddish or white or admixture of these. ...Read more
Wounds?: Could be infection, trauma, burn, or hundreds of other causes. Your description is much too vague to form the basis of a diagnosis. You have to be seen by a professional, not by a computer program. Please call a general Dentist, an Oral Surgeon, or (best) a gum specialist, a Periodontist, ASAP. ...Read more
Aggressive brushing and flossing can damage the thin gum tissue causing it to break down. The improper mechanical use of the toothbrush is a key cause for gum recession.
Increased pressure on the toothbrush or dental floss will only harm gingival tissue without increasing the cleaning action of brushing or flossing. ...Read more
Many -see a dentist: There are many potential causes... Periodontal disease, root canal abcess, wisdom teeth infections, food or other impaction, diabetes, herpetic gingivostomatitis, pyogenic granuloma, reaction to medication such as Dilantin or calcium channel blockers, allergic reactions...see a dentist for evaluation. ...Read more
Plaque is the mean reason for gum inflammation. Lack of proper and adequate oral hygiene is what allows plaque build up.
Some less likely factors for gingival inflammation are medications, viral infections, hormonal changes, or some rare gingival conditions or autoimmune diseases. ...Read more
Inflamed gums are: Most commonly caused by gingivitis and periodontitis, two forms of gum disease, the first being the milder form. However, inflamed gums can also be due to vitamin deficiencies, hormonal imbalance, some autoimmune diseases, diabetes, mouth breathing, medications, allergies, as well as bacterial, fungal and viral infections. ...Read more
Fluid pocket: Ceratoma and seratoma are simply common misspellings for seroma. A seroma can result when plasma leaks out of a small ruptured blood vessel. The result is a small pocket of fluid and this is common following surgical procedures. ...Read more
Please rephase: I am unable to determine what exacly a "ceretoma" is. ...Read more
Anything sharp edge!: Anything will cut your gums... Gums are very gentle tissue, especially if gums are inflamed. So, pretty much anything like fish bone, even bread, popcorn....may leave a cut on your gums. The best thing to do- visit your dentist! ...Read more
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