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I'm wondering why can't caps and veneers extend slightly into the gumline?

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In brief: They can

To a very small extent, they can.
There's just a little bit of space in there to work with.

In brief: They can

To a very small extent, they can.
There's just a little bit of space in there to work with.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, they can and

is always necessary for some reasons: to hide the margin on a discolored tooth and to prevent future decay.
However, the risk in prepping subgingival margins is going too deep and violating the attachment, which can result in gum inflammation. Ask your dentist for more information.

In brief: Yes, they can and

is always necessary for some reasons: to hide the margin on a discolored tooth and to prevent future decay.
However, the risk in prepping subgingival margins is going too deep and violating the attachment, which can result in gum inflammation. Ask your dentist for more information.
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. John Calvert
Dentistry
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In brief: They usually do.

It is more esthetic/natural looking to slightly extend the margin or edge, just under the gum line.
It is necessary to have a very smooth transition from veneer to tooth to prevent the accumulation of bacteria under the gums. Proper flossing and brushing is required.

In brief: They usually do.

It is more esthetic/natural looking to slightly extend the margin or edge, just under the gum line.
It is necessary to have a very smooth transition from veneer to tooth to prevent the accumulation of bacteria under the gums. Proper flossing and brushing is required.
Dr. John Calvert
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2 comments
Dr. Lawrence Kessler
From a periodontists standpoint burying the crown margins below the gums can run the risk of causing the gums to swell We call invasion of the biological width or space . What that means is when your gum is fighting with the crown for the same space, the gum ALWAYS loses. Having the crown just slightly below the gum should work
Dr. John Calvert
Yes, just slightly below the gum line, as I stated. Violating the biological width is a no no. Thank you for your comments.
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