3 Cavity Treatments for Cavities Near the Gum Line

Once a cavity has passed through the enamel and into the dentin, it can cause discomfort and pain stemming from the nerve area. Cavities that form around the gum line are very sensitive and require quick action through a visit to the dentist.

Cavities are caused either by bacteria or a diet rich in sugar or starch. Luckily, there are several options for repairing gum line cavities and flushing out the decay.

Who Is at Risk for Gum Line Cavities?

Tooth decay is the second-most common health disorder in the United States. In fact, more than one in five U.S. citizens has untreated cavities at any given moment. Bacteria in plaque and tartar change into sugar and then into acid, which eats away at the enamel in your teeth.

When cavities form near the gum line, they quickly break down the tooth and the flesh. Consult a dentist near you immediately if you experience lasting pain.

Some groups are more at risk for developing cavities:

  • Children and adults in lower-income families
  • Senior citizens
  • People living in areas without fluoridated water
  • Those who suffer from dry mouth
  • People with diabetes
  • People undergoing radiation therapy
  • Tobacco users
  • Alcohol and drug users
  • People who drink sugary or carbonated drinks

Kool Smiles aims to provide family-friendly, educational, and affordable dental care to underserved communities.

Gum Line Cavity Treatment Options

Cavities near the gum line expose more tissue. If the cavity along your gum line has already become swollen or blistered, it can cause trauma to your tooth through infection.

Abscesses—or areas that blister and swell—should be taken very seriously, as they lead to further complications such as blood infection, soft tissue infection, and other life-threatening issues. An abscess may be treated with antibiotics, warm water, pain relievers, or surgery.

There are several treatment options available to treat cavities, depending on severity:

Fillings can be put in once the decayed material is removed. Fillings simply fill up the cavity with anything from silver alloy, gold, porcelain, resin, and more.

Crowns are necessary for larger cavities. Crowns are fitted over the rest of a tooth once the decayed material has been removed. As with fillings, crowns can be made from porcelain, gold, or metal.

Root Canals are performed once the decay has reached and killed the nerve in your tooth. The tooth, decayed area, and pulp are completely removed and then replaced with a crown and filling.

Cavity prevention starts at an early age, with regularly scheduled visits to your dentist.

Keep Your Teeth and Gums in Line with Kool Smiles

When a cavity develops near your child’s gum line, you can expect quality care and service from the professional staff at Kool Smiles.

With over 120 locations across the country, Kool Smiles provides preventative care, x-rays, and more to keep your child’s gum line in check.

We accept most forms of insurance, including state-specific insurance, Medicaid, TRICARE, and more. Ask about our payment options with your budget in mind. Call us to schedule a visit today.

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Sources:

National Institutes of Health: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001055.htm

MouthHealthy.org: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/c/cavities?_ga=1.130338895.1770090913.1479320752

Live Science: https://www.livescience.com/44223-cavities-tooth-decay.html