This question was answered on Thu 28, Oct 2010 03:52am by Dr.Ravindra Rajput

Grey gums near teeth?

    
Asked by pweeyah (Female; 15; -- None that relate to this.; Relevant drugs:-- None ) on Wed 27, Oct 2010 03:31pm

Hello, I'm 15 years old girl and I just noticed that along my bottom set of teeth near the back there is a grey colour under the teeth on the gums... I'm extremely worried and I was hoping I could find out what it was? It is not painful, and it is the part of the gum that is nearest to the bottom of the teeth, and spreads across the four bottom teeth at the side. I only noticed this today, so I'm not quite sure how long it has been there. I would be extremely grateful for any answers, and I'm worried that it might be gum disease...but I wasn't aware that people my age could get gum disease? But I could be wrong. Thank you very much.

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Answer by Dr.Ravindra Rajput  on Thu 28, Oct 2010 03:52am:

Hi, sometimes the Grey gum can be inherent, may be a normal developmental process esp. when there are no other symptoms. Other possibilities are gingivitis (infection of the gum) and another important cause is lead poisoning. See if you are exposed to lead containing gases which causes "lead line," it a Grey or bluish pigmentation seen at the gum-tooth line. You can send the blood sample to look for Basophilic stippling. If no other symptoms then not to worry, otherwise consult the dentist. Take care and regards.

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Comment by Annabel on Wed 14, Nov 2012 06:32am:
I've had 3 courses of antibiotics for pain and throbbing in a root filled tooth. They only worked briefly and back came the throbbing. The tooth hurst to bite on and is 'high.' The gum below this tooth is grey. I don't know what to do because no dental intervention can take place while I have this infection - if it is an infection. I have had melanoma and wonder if it's a cancer problem.

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