Q. The gums adjacent to my filled teeth appear white and purple. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Gaurav Pandey
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 26, 2019 and last reviewed on: Aug 29, 2019

Hello doctor,

Yesterday I had a replacement of a filling in my first lower molar. Today I noticed that from the side closer to the cheek my gum between first and second molar turned white and purple. It seems to be dead. My tooth does not hurt. I had an injection with anesthetic, but it was different from the ones I had before. This time the doctor proceeded to his work right after the injection.

It is the first time I notice such worrying changes in my gums. The dead area is spread on the surface of about 12 mm^2, which is quite a lot. I have attached the picture of my gum. Please tell me if I should be worried about that change and what should I do next?



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Please do not overthink about this. If you have no pain and swelling, you should not be worried about that change. Sometime during the filling procedure, high-speed instrument touches surround gum tissue and make some traumatic ulcers, which gets cured automatically in a few days. Wait for two more days and after then if you have still this problem or any pain or swelling then see your dentist.

The Probable causes:

Tissue injury during tooth restoration.

Differential diagnosis:

Access filling, tissue injury, and ulceration.

Probable diagnosis:

Tissue injury.

Treatment plan:

Application of ulcer gel containing Chlorhexidine.
Take B complex supplement (once in a day).

Preventive measures:

Make proper oral hygiene.
Do not touch the affected area.
Use antiseptic mouthwash.

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