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      Unhappy question about gum growing over tooth?

      I will be getting a cavity fixed next week where the gum has grown a little bit over the tooth and I am really nervous about bleeding there when he goes to fix it. I have tried to see If I can move the gum over with a toothpick and the blood will just come pouring out and that just scares me. I don't like the taste of blood and worry that the bleeding won't stop. Is there anything you can tell me to ease my mind about getting this tooth fixed?

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      Default Re: question about gum growing over tooth?

      The bit of gum you're talking about is inflammatory tissue and because of this has a very rich blood supply and bleeds easily. However any bleeding that occurs when the dentist is filling the tooth can usually be quickly dealt with, it's not a big deal. Poking about at it yourself will probably make it worse though so just try to ignore it if you can.

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      Default Re: question about gum growing over tooth?

      Hi Gordon,

      Thank you for answering question,but I am still nervous about it. Just how do they stop the bleeding? I am more nervous about the gum than I am about getting the tooth filled.

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      Default Re: question about gum growing over tooth?

      Even with people who have some clotting issues, bleeding from the gums eventually stops. What you describe happens quite commonly as the gum tissues tend to grow like weeds in some circumstances. If the dentist has a laser or electrosurge device, they can actually adjust the gum a little to get it back to it's normal shape with no bleeding at all. In other cases, just a little pressure with some gauze or nothing at all makes any minor amount of bleeding stop.

      Ever get a paper cut? Does it stop bleeding after a while? Same thing really. The gum is apparently the fastest healing tissue in the human body. Someone told me that a long time ago.
      Cheese, Gromit, where's the Cheeeese???

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      Default Re: question about gum growing over tooth?

      Quote Originally Posted by Zzzdentist View Post

      Ever get a paper cut?

      i swear paper cuts have to be the most painful thing in the world, or im just a super whimp

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      Default Re: question about gum growing over tooth?

      Hubby had a similar experience. The dentist that worked on his cavity ended up cutting the gum back. No stitches and with care it just healed on its own.

      For some reason I remember an old remedy of biting down on a wet tea bag. Take a warm or cold tea bag, squeeze till its dry and bite down/hold it against the bleeding site. I believe it has something to do with the tanic acid in the tea. It must be a regular run of the mill tea bag and not anything herbal.

      Don't forget to remove the staple if there is one
      Last edited by macfoo; 12th June 2008 at 16:01.
      Still kind of sort of can't stand it - but not so scared anymore!

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      I guess I am a wimp,because I am scared to get this tooth fixed. I don't like the taste of blood in my mouth. I sure hope I make it without having a panic attack.

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      Default Re: question about gum growing over tooth?

      Call me odd, but I've got no idea what blood tastes like...

      Tea bags are very good for stopping bleeding and you're right about the tannic acid.

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      Default Re: question about gum growing over tooth?

      is there anyway to correct this a bit yourself? My appointment isnt for 2 weeks but I have this problem on one tooth. I was brushing too hard and the gumline on this one tooth has risen pretty high up

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      Default Re: question about gum growing over tooth?

      Quote Originally Posted by Zzzdentist View Post
      The gum is apparently the fastest healing tissue in the human body. Someone told me that a long time ago.
      Heheh zz - sorry to lower the tone but my antenatal consultant said that was the perineum...
      Never use one word where 47 will do....

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