Hello, I had a root canal and cap on my #30 tooth about 8 months ago. The dentist intentionally left a slight gap between the bottom of the cap and gum line. He said going to the gum line could create problems. Since I have had the cap sometimes food is sticking between #30 and 31 on the inside (tongue side) of the teeth near the bottom of the teeth at the gum line. I started going to a new dentist and told him of the problem. He could just barely see something with his magnifier and decided to take a picture with a high power camera and he saw what he believes to be exposed build up material from when the cap was put on. I ask for a copy of the picture but never received it. But what I saw in the picture was a dark substance in the gap between the bottom of the new cap and gum line. It looks like something was there and then someone scrapped/removed it but a little residual is left. It is on the side of the tooth and not really in the back corner between #30 and 31 where the food sometimes sticks. He suggested I go back to the old dentist and have it fixed or it will eventually lead to decay. What is your opinion? Thanks, Gene 323.515.3221

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  • gg

    gg 01 - September - 2012, at 09:11 AM

  • IF YOU NEED DENTAL WORK & NEED REASONABLE PRICES YOU CAN GO TO A DENTAL SCHOOL.I NEEDED A ROOT CANAL.SECIALIST WANTED $1,000. GAINSVILLE DENTAL SCHOOL $290.WORK WAS GREATLY SUPERVISED BY THE TEACHER.EXCELLENT CARE.VERY HAPPY WITH TREATMENT.

  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 31 - August - 2012, at 21:46 PM

  • Yes, the dentist is right. Ideally the cap should be snuggly fitting into the prepared tooth. There shouldn't be any gap left. Any gap would allow the food particles and debris to get collected and thus will cause plaque and tartar accumulation thereby resultion in further caries. For more info on crowns you can visit the link...http://www.identalhub.com/articlecategory-dental-crowns-72.aspx

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