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Gum Diseases

Line of gum line below tooth

08/17/2006

Question:

I have recently noticed a rough or line below one of my molars (lower) on the inside of the gum. I recently had 6 teeth removed from the other lower side. I am awaiting surgery on this side as I have impacted wisedom teeth and a known abcess. In may I had a full mouth exray plus a check for peridontal disease - ealry onset which is why the surgery is occuring. I am now pregnant and am scared because of this "line" white in colour and rough. Is it due to an abcess? I keep my teeth as healthy as possible - I just discovered this area about a week ago.

Answer:

It is hard for me to give you a differential diagnosis.  It is possibly related to the existence of an abscess and severity of periodontal breakdown.  Pregnancy and hormonal changes may be factors, too.

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Binnaz   Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University