Do you notice any discoloration or darkening of your teeth around the gums? Does your tooth seem to be wearing down or getting a notch along the gum line? Do you have gum recession, and/or are your teeth sensitive to cold? These are all questions that could lead to needing additional work along the gum line of your teeth. There are many options to fix these conditions, and each case may require different treatments. The treatments could include fillings, gum grafts, fluoride treatments, sensitivity toothpaste, and much more. In this case above the patient had several cavities along the gum line. The enamel on the teeth have broken down over time due to the patient being a soda drinker. The acid in the soda has slowly eaten away the protective enamel and has exposed the dentin underneath. Once dentin is exposed the tooth can become sensitive and is very susceptible to getting a cavity. For this case we determined that the best option would be to remove the dental cavity and place a white composite filling. We select custom shades to help blend the fillings naturally to your teeth. In this case we were able to complete a successful filling with no trauma to the gums. The patient was very happy with the results, and is focusing on reducing their daily soda intake! Remember to pay close attention to the area where your gums and tooth meet. There could be issues with the teeth, gums, or both. If you notice and changes, or are concerned about an area contact us today at Ruggless Dental, your Springfield, IL dentist office.