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What is the treatment for tooth decay along the gum line?

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Published At October 1, 2019
Reviewed AtOctober 1, 2019

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My tooth is rotting away below the gum line. I have not been to a dentist because I could never afford it, but now I think I might need one really bad, so what should I do?

Answered by Dr. Sandeep Menon


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Your thought is exactly right. It is high time you visited a dentist. Tooth rotting below the gum line is not a good sign. The dentist would tell you to take an X-ray. If it is non-painful and if the x-ray reveals that the infection has not touched the pulp, you can go for a filling. It is advised that you see the dentist as soon as possible because once the infection spreads deep into the roots, even a root canal treatment would not be possible.

In that kind of a scenario, removal of the tooth becomes the only option. Basic procedures cost is less. The expenses of treatment increases if not treated in time. Periodic visits to a dentist for a general check-up will address those concerns. I hope this answers your query.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sandeep Menon
Dr. Sandeep Menon


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