I have always been one of those people who loves to get out into the world and talk with other people, but a few years ago, I realized that I had to do something about my smile. My teeth were yellow and unattractive, and it was really discouraging to see how much different my smile was. I knew that I needed to get my teeth fixed, so I started working with a professional dentist to make things right. Within a few short months, my smile was completely transformed, and I knew that I owed it all to my dental professional. Check out this blog for more information about working with a dentist.
If a damaged tooth has resulted in a crown, you may begin noticing a dark line near your gums. This unsightly line could mean several things are going on with your crown and all of them should prompt a trip to the dentist. To find out why this dark line is showing up and ruining your smile and how it can be fixed, read on.
What Is That Dark Line?
What you are seeing, in most cases, is the top or bottom of your crown. Most dental crowns are made of an alloy of metal combined with porcelain or ceramic. The alloy metal is underneath the tooth-colored material and often on the back of the tooth, as well. The more metal your crown contains, the more long-lasting and strong your crown will be. While crowns constructed entirely of porcelain or ceramics are available, these materials tend to crack and break easier than alloys.
Your Gums Might Be Receding
Another cause of darkness where your tooth meets your gum line is due to receding gums. This problem can make even your natural teeth appear yellow near the gum line. Often, receding gums are indicative of other issues, such as gum disease or sensitive teeth. If left untreated, your gums could recede so drastically that the roots of your teeth can be exposed. Speak to your dentist about how to treat the undying gum problems. In some cases, a gum graft will be needed to address the receding gums but your dentist may try less invasive treatments first.
Your Crown is Old
Older crowns may be prone to the unattractive dark line while new crowns are made of materials and using techniques that won't show a dark line. Instead of a layering technique for crowns, modern crowns are constructed of materials that are bonded together seamlessly and that are far more resilient than the old ones. Speak to your dentist about exchanging your old crown for a brand new crown that is stronger and looks better.
As we age, bone loss occurs naturally. Unfortunately, bone loss in the jaw area can lead to tissue loss. This results in more and more of your tooth being exposed. Bone loss can be aggravated by things like smoking, medical conditions, medications, and gum diseases. Bone grafts can be performed where either part of your natural bone is used or artificial material is used to shore up your jaw and keep your smile and your jaw profile more attractive.
If you see darkness around your gum line, see your cosmetic dentist to find out what is going on as soon as possible.