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    Veneers Ask The Veneer Dentist Chris McFarland Question:
    Gingivectomy, Veneers, and Black gums: After a few years of braces, I decided to have my gums shaped (top 8 teeth), and veneers put on my top front 4 teeth.

    Shortly after the temporary veneers were placed, I developed a black tatoo like line above those four teeth. It's been 6 days since the procedure.

    The dentist is telling me he hasn't seen anything like this and is unsure why my gums are black. I've never had any fillings in those teeth. I'm anxious about having the permanent veneers placed.

    Will the thick black line go away? Could I possibly be allergic to the bonding material? What are my options?

    Answer:
    Without any images to see just exactly what this looks like, your question is a real challenge.

    The first thing that comes to mind is that when the veneers were prepared, there was some bleeding under the tissue and this has formed a clot under the tissue that looks like a tattoo.

    The dentist should know if he placed the margins of your veneers under the tissue and if so, this then could be an answer.

    I practice in Atlanta GA and have done lots of veneer cases and to be honest, this is the only thing I can think of. Everyone's tissues respond differently and if you are easily bruised, it sure seems like this has to be related to trauma from handling the tissue and it should be gone in a day or so.

    Christopher McFarland, DMD
    Atlanta Prosthodontist - Periodontist
    2530 Lawrenceville Highway
    Decatur - Duluth - Atlanta, GA
    (770) 492-0256

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