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Dental Resorption

Dental Resorption

Dental resorption can be a concern because it may lead to the loss of tooth structure, affecting the stability of the tooth. Regular dental check-ups and X-rays help dentists identify and monitor any signs of resorption early on. It’s important to address dental resorption promptly to maintain good oral health and preserve the affected tooth.

There are two main types of dental resorption:

  1. Internal Resorption: This occurs inside the tooth, usually in the root canal. It happens when the cells within the tooth start breaking down the inner tissues. It can weaken the tooth structure over time.
  2. External Resorption: This takes place on the outer surface of the tooth, typically at the root. The process involves cells that break down the hard tissues of the tooth, leading to a gradual loss of tooth structure. If external resorption is left untreated, it can weaken the tooth and potentially lead to tooth loss. External resorption can be caused by various factors, such as trauma, orthodontic treatment, or inflammation.

Fortunately, resorption can often be managed, and the tooth saved. This is usually by root canal treatment or surgery.

  1. Root Canal Treatment (Endodontic Therapy): If internal resorption is detected, a root canal treatment may be recommended. This involves removing the affected tissue from inside the tooth and filling it to prevent further resorption and retain the remaining tooth structure.

Surgical Intervention: In more advanced cases of external resorption, especially when it affects a significant portion of the tooth root, surgery may be necessary. The dentist might attempt to remove the affected area and possibly reinforce the tooth with materials like dental fillings or grafts.



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