What is Root Resorption?
Although it happens more often than you think root resorption is not something that is as well known as other oral health concerns. But, at Forest Lake Endodontics, we believe that it is important for our patients to be informed of conditions that could be impacting their oral health. After all, being informed means being empowered.
So, what is root resorption? The word resorption refers to one part of the body absorbing another part - and this can happen throughout the body in various areas. Root resorption occurs when the soft tissues around the tooth and parts of the tooth are broken down and absorbed. This occurs due to naturally-occurring cells known as odontoblasts.
The odontoblast cells break down the interior pulp, the root’s covering, the dentin, and the root. Resorption can happen internally, starting at the inner surface of the root or externally, starting where the root meets the jaw bone.
While this condition is common in children, as it is what causes the baby teeth to fall out so that permanent teeth can move in, it is less common in adults. In fact, the cause of root resorption in adults is not always known. Though it is thought that bruxism - clenching and grinding - as well as trauma to the teeth and excessive teeth whitening may be to blame.
The good news is that if it is caught early, it can be treated. However, it is commonly asymptomatic which means routine visits to the dentist may be essential in diagnosing and treating root resorption.
Symptoms of Root Resorption
When it comes to root resorption, there are not always symptoms present to alert the patient that something is wrong, such as a toothache. Paying attention to the appearance and feel of the teeth can be beneficial. Look for:
- Pink spots (or darker spots) on the tooth
- Brittle teeth
- Loosening or shifting of the teeth
It doesn’t matter how diligent you are in monitoring your teeth - there is no replacement for the skillful, trained eye of an endodontist. Be sure to maintain regular dental examinations.
Why Choose Forest Lake Endodontics?
At Forest Lake Endodontics, we want to give our patients the greatest opportunity to maintain their oral health. With our highly skilled and experienced endodontists, we understand the damage that root resorption can cause and we work to successfully treat it. Using our CBCT scanner, we are able to easily diagnose this condition and offer treatment methods so that our patients can maintain healthy, happy smiles for years to come.
When you are ready for your routine exam, our friendly team is waiting to welcome you.