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I had a root canal done on a lower molar about 1 1/2 years ago. I haven't had any problems with it but I have recently noticed a discoloration in the gum around the crown. The gum is turning a purple/black on the rim around the crown. Although there is no pain, slight sensitivity - I'm afraid this is a serious infection or decay that may spread.

I am currently travelling in Asia and I'm not sure if I should see a doctor here or wait for a month until I return to the United States. 1.What would cause this syptom? 2.Should I see a doctor here (Vietnam) or can I wait for a month? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. ...Jennifer in Vietnam

Jennifer, you may have a cavity or leakage of the material used to fill the tooth. Crowns or silver fillings can discolor the gum. I doubt it's anything to worry about if you don't have swelling or pain. Have it checked out soon.

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