Why is there a dark line at my gumline?

I’ve had dental crowns for a while, but now there is a dark line at my gumline. Do I have an infection?

Cammie D. – Arizona

Cammie,

That dark line is likely because you  have porcelain fused to metal crowns. These will eventually develop a dark line at the gumline. Also, you may have also noticed that they are a little opaquer than your natural teeth.

You won’t be able to get rid of this line unless you re-do your crowns. My suggestion is you all-porcelain veneers, such as you can get with CEREC crowns. Another benefit, is you can get your permanent crown in just one appointment.

This blog is brought to you by Lafayette, LA Dentist Dr. John Theriot.

Haven’t been to a dentist in ten years

I don’t know quite what to do. I haven’t been to a dentist in at least ten years. That’s mostly my own fault.  I am a  bit of a coward when it comes to the dentist.  I’ve been OK about not going, but now I’m starting to worry. My gums seem to be higher than they used to be. Do you think something is wrong?

Evan K. – Montana

Evan,

Don’t feel bad. You are not the only person to have a fear of the dentist. You’re also not the only person to avoid the dentist. There is good news. Many dentists cater to “cowards“. They feel it’s a priveledge to work with fearful patients in order to help make them more comfortable with appointments.

They’ll have different types of sedation available. You’ll want to find out which procedures they use. There are generally three levels of sedation: nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.

Don’t let this go. With your gums receding, it’s likely that you have periodontist (or gum disease). If left untreated, you will eventually lose your teeth.

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Cheaper isn’t always affordable

Here is a note we received from someone who had a very bad experience. One thing we try to make sure patients understand is there is a difference between cheap implants and affordable implants. Make sure you know the dentist you’re going to is qualified.

Here’s what she had to say…

I went to a dentist who was really inexpensive. I thought it was a great deal until it came out. Here’s what happened. I felt something loose. I went back to my dentist and asked if the implant could be loose. He assured me it wasn’t and said it was just the crown. He was going to recement the crown, but when he pulled it, it wasn’t loose. I could tell that and I’m not a dentist. He kept yanking anyway and the next thing you know the crown AND implant come out. Now I’m told in order to restore the implant I have to go to some kind of specialist  to have expensive bone grafting done. This is ending up way more expensive than I ever thought. I feel like I should have gone to the specialist from the beginning. I won’t make that mistake again.

David T. – Kansas