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Gum Diseases

Black spot on gums below cavity filled tooth

10/30/2006

Question:

I have a tender area around one tooth and gum area. I have noticed the gum area beneath this cavity filled tooth has turned black. I have a dental appointment in two weeks but would like to know what I may be in for before going. Some hints on what to expect would be helpful.

Answer:

It is hard to tell from your description. If the pain is confined to the gum area only, then it may be an abscess forming for some reason - either food impaction or a bad restoration, etc.

If the pain is coming from the tooth, it may be a secondary decay under your restoration and may be affecting the nerve too...Thus, it needs to be examined both clinically and radiographically.

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Response by:

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