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Root Resorption

If you have been told that you have tooth or root resorption, you may wonder what that means and how to best approach/treat such a situation.

Our advice is to have an endodontist evaluate your tooth to better educate you regarding realistic treatment options for this unique and challenging condition.

Resorption is a rare endodontic condition, but usually means that your tooth structure is dissolving in some fashion.

There are several types of resorption which may occur:

  • Invasive Cervical Resorption– This type of resorption affects the area where the tooth meets the gum. It is commonly associated with dental trauma, past orthodontic treatment, or internal tooth whitening. Early diagnosis of such a process may aide in salvaging your tooth.
  • Internal Resorption– This type of resorption occurs when the dental pulp becomes enlarged and dissolves the tooth from the inside and is usually accompanied with an infected tooth.
  • External Apical Resorption– This type of resorption occurs when the tooth roots begin to dissolve. While this type of resorption is normal when baby teeth are being replaced with adult teeth, it can cause significant problems if it occurs in an adult tooth.

Resorption may be caused by dental trauma, an abscess, past orthodontic treatment, past history of internal tooth whitening, or it may have no discernible cause.

If diagnosed early, resorption can be treated, usually with root canal therapy or endodontic surgery.

If untreated, it may lead to a hopeless tooth which may need to be extracted.

As resorption can be easily diagnosed with X-rays and 3D imaging, we strongly encourage you to continue visiting your dentist regularly for dental exams. This will help to diagnose resorption early so that our endodontist can provide treatment and help you keep your smile healthy.