Root resorption is a naturally occurring process that happens to baby teeth. It occurs when the body essentially eats away at the tooth’s root surface. Cells can send signals to the tooth and bone structures that order them to either break down or rebuild. When this occurs with baby teeth, they eventually fall out and leave room for permanent teeth to grow. However, root resorption becomes an issue when it begins to impact permanent teeth in the mouth. It is difficult to determine the exact cause of root resorption, though there are many different things that seem to cause root resorption to occur.
Internal Root Resorption
Internal root resorption may occur when the tooth is exposed to a traumatic injury. It may also start due to bacterial invasion or exposure to chemicals. This type of root resorption repair will result in a hollowing of the tooth, which can weaken the tooth and leave it vulnerable to excessive damage.
External Root Resorption
External root resorption can occur in multiple different ways. This may happen due to genetics, age, prolonged orthodontic treatment, asthma, severe malocclusion, and many other reasons. When external root resorption repair is allowed to progress, it can lead to tooth loss, the shifting of teeth, and many other problems in the mouth.
Resorption Repair Methods
The best treatment for root resorption repair will vary between situations. It is vital to seek treatment in the early stages to increase the chances that the root can be repaired. Root canal treatment is commonly used to prevent root resorption from escalating. In other cases, oral surgery may be undertaken to remove the cells that are causing the root resorption to occur. If the damage has progressed too far, the tooth may require extraction to prevent any escalation of the damage. Our experts will be able to determine the ideal method to repair root resorption for your specific situation.
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