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Gum Diseases

Gap between gum and tooth

09/03/2008

Question:

on the upper right side, there is a gap betweem one tooth and the gum. A needle can go up to 1/2 cm in it. food is getting collected there and i always bruch after eating.

is there any technique by which i can seal the gap so that the space between teh gum and the tooth is sealed? please advise.

Answer:

I believe that you are describing exposed root surface and some root erosion/abrasion.  There are two techniques to close this exposure.  One is through soft tissue graft procedure. It is a surgical technique and it will give a better and longterm result. The second one is through placing a filling material on the gap. It may be a good alternative depending on the type of the tooth, the size of the defect, etc.

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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