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What Is Teeth Resorption?

Posted on 3/1/2024 by Weo Admin
illustration of cross section of molar tooth with gumsTeeth resorption refers to the process of the body breaking down and absorbing dental tissue, primarily the dentin and cementum. It can occur within the root or crown of the tooth and may lead to structural changes or even loss of the affected tooth if left untreated. Teeth resorption can be categorized into two main types: internal resorption, which occurs within the tooth, and external resorption, which affects the outer surface of the tooth.

What Causes Tooth Resorption?

Tooth resorption can arise from various factors, with trauma or dental procedures as primary catalysts. Other contributors to tooth resorption include persistent teeth grinding, frequent use of teeth-whitening products, rapid orthodontic treatments, and untreated cavities or chronic dental abscesses.

Symptoms of Tooth Resorption

Tooth resorption can occur without any initial pain. Its severity and location determine the symptoms. Individuals may experience sensitivity near the root surface, brittle or loose teeth, dental cavities, unusual spacing between teeth, gum inflammation, or generalized pain around the tooth or root. Many people may not realize that they have tooth resorption until it has progressed significantly. This condition is detected during routine X-rays showing dark spots encircling the tooth root.

How Teeth Resorption Is Diagnosed?

Diagnosing tooth resorption typically involves both dental X-rays and a thorough clinical examination. Dental X-rays, such as bitewings or periapical radiographs, play a crucial role in identifying signs of resorption within the tooth structure. In cases where the type of resorption is challenging to determine, a 3D Cone Beam X-ray provides enhanced visualization for accurate diagnosis.

During the clinical examination, dentists may conduct visual inspections and endodontic assessments to evaluate the extent and nature of the resorption. Additionally, pulp exams utilizing temperature variations help further assess the affected tooth condition, aiding in comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning.

Early detection and treatment are vital to preserving teeth and preventing further complications. If you have concerns about tooth resorption, schedule an appointment with our dentist to discuss your situation.

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