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What Tooth Resorption Is and How You Can Treat It

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Tooth resorption is a naturally occurring process that is beneficial to primary teeth. This is because your body absorbs the roots of baby teeth to help them fall out when the secondary teeth are ready to erupt. Unfortunately, and sometimes, for seemingly no reason, adult (secondary) teeth may fall prey to resorption too.

But there are some risk factors that you should be aware of.

Trauma Can Cause Tooth Resorption

The main factor that contributes to the resorption of adult teeth is trauma. Trauma that leads to resorption can occur in the following ways.

  • A collision
  • Tooth grinding
  • Pressure from braces
  • Complications as a result of internal bleaching

And once it begins, swift treatment is necessary because in some cases, tooth resorption occurs very quickly. The first step is to identify the type of resorption.

Teeth Resorb Internally or Externally

Just as baby teeth do when it's time for them to fall out, affected adult teeth begin to resorb at the root. In rare cases, this resorption occurs internally and is only visible on a dental X-ray. However, in most cases, resorption of adult teeth occurs externally.

If tooth resorption occurs externally, you can usually first identify it in its early stages by looking for pink spots on the necks or roots of your teeth. These spots contain the cells that cause resorption. If not treated early, the resorption could eat away the cementum that covers the roots, followed by the dentin layer.

Teeth Resorption Can Destroy Teeth

If you don't start treatment soon after diagnosing tooth resorption, you could face a host of complications, such as pain, swelling, cavities, crooked teeth and infection. If the resorption progresses swiftly, you could even lose the tooth. As such, if you suspect that one of your teeth is resorbing, seek dental treatment as early as possible.

You May Need a Root Canal and Crown

If you act quickly, your dentist can remove the cells causing the resorption and fill in the damaged portion of the tooth. However, if the resorption progresses quickly, your dentist will need to perform a root canal to remove the tooth nerve. This is because the tooth nerve could die if irritated.

And if the damage to your tooth is severe, the root canal procedure will be followed up with crown placement. However, before a dental crown can be placed, your dentist might need to perform a crown lengthening procedure to expose the damaged roots of the tooth. A crown lengthening procedure also helps to make room for the crown if insufficient tooth structure remains.

Fortunately, once your dentist places the crown, you'll be able to use the tooth as normal again. But do ensure that you continue to see your dentist to monitor the tooth. If the root resorption returns, you will need to take swift action again in order to save the tooth.

Reach out to a dentist who places dental crowns in your area for more information.


20 March 2020