Root Resorption: The Facts

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When your little one’s teeth fall out, they actually go through a process known as resorption. During this process, the roots of your child’s teeth will be reabsorbed into the gums, which allow the teeth to fall out. However, adults could also have resorption, which could lead to a number of problems. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to address this issue.

Tooth trauma and tooth decay could each trigger tooth resorption. Similarly, if you suffer from teeth grinding—also known as bruxism—you could suffer from inflammation, which could also trigger this issue. Cavities, genetics, and nutritional deficiencies have also all been linked to resorption as well.

Root resorption may be difficult to spot. Because of this fact, many individuals don’t have the issue addressed until it’s too late. To avoid this problem, we strongly recommend visiting our team at Dr. David Blake Lawlor, DDS, LLC regularly—typically once every six months. Doing so will give our team a chance to spot and address these types of issues before they become too severe.

If your case is minor, our dentist may be able to remove the affected portion of the tooth and fill it like they would a cavity. If the damage is more extensive and has affected your dentin—which is an inner layer of your teeth—we may recommend root canal therapy. If the issue is severe enough, we may suggest a tooth extraction.

If you’re interested in learning more about resorption, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. David Blake Lawlor, DDS, LLC at 316-684-5511. Our dentist, Dr. Blake Lawlor will be happy to examine your teeth and answer any questions you have. We’re excited to hear from you soon!