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Dental cement left around the crown

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Posted by: sweetcry  (9 years ago)
Hi!

I underwent a root canal and a crown on one of my upper molars two months ago. I had some discomfort with the temporary crown. Aside from an intense pain in the tooth that the dentist drilled, my gums were also hurting badly. When the dentist put in the permanent crown, he said the pain in my tooth and gums will settle in a few weeks. The pain in my tooth went away, but my gums didn't heal. This morning while I was looking at my mouth in the mirror, I noticed a piece of cement under my gums. I pulled it out with tweezers and I felt instant relief. Is it common for a dentist to leave cement around a crown? What happens when dental cement remains around the gum line? I would be thankful for your answers!
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Posted by: aquaman  (9 years ago)
Hello!

A dental cement left around a crown can inflame the gum and if it is left long enough, it can lead to infection or irreversible gum disease. The dentist should make sure no residual cement is left in your mouth.
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