Black line at my gumline

I’ve had dental crowns for a while now and have never really had problems with them. Lately there is this dark line right at my gumline. Do I have some kind of infection?

Yvette- Kansas


No, I suspect your crowns are what is known as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Whenever crowns have a metal base there are some drawbacks. One of them is they are more opaque than all-porcelain crowns. Another disadvantage is the dark line at your gumline. Eventually all porcelain fused to metal crowns will develop that line. It is not caused by anything you have done, nor can you do anything to get rid of them short of getting new crowns.

If you decide to get new crowns, be sure you tell your dentist to give you all porcelain crowns. You may also see if he or she has CEREC crown technology. This allows you to get your crown in just one visit, which saves you the hastle of a temporary crown and an additional visit.

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Help! In pain and unemployed

I am unemployed. I am positive I have a tooth infection. My mouth hurts so much and I’m swollen.  I cannot afford a dentist. Not only am I unemployed, but I amm broke. What can I do to treat this infection myself?

Sandy L. – Detroit


Please do not try to teach this yourself. Even taking antibiotics won’t completely treat this. You need to have a root canal, or at the least have the tooth extracted. I know you are in a difficult situation. Here are some possibilities for you.

Look for an emergency dentist online.  Call them and tell them your situation. Some dentists will do the work and take whatever you can afford knowing that you are in an emergency situation.

If that doesn’t work, you can call your local dental association and ask if they have a clinic for emergency dental situations with no money to afford it.

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