Root Resorption

Root Resorption Repair

Root resorption occurs when a portion of a tooth becomes infected and is eaten away. It is a normal process in baby teeth as a part of growing up, creating space for the new permanent teeth to form and show up in the mouth. Suppose resorption occurs in a permanent tooth, which indicates an abnormal condition. Root resorption repair is available in both of our Beavercreek and West Chester locations, and you can schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified endodontists today.

Root resorption could occur in the tooth’s inner surface (internal resorption) or the tooth’s outer surface (external resorption). External resorption is more common than internal resorption. It can be very minimal that is not detected and doesn’t cause any problem. If left untreated, it can cause more loss of the tooth structure and eventually tooth loss.

What Are The Sign of Root Resorption of a Tooth?

  • Mobility
  • Toothache
  • Discoloration
  • Swelling of the gum
  • Visible hole in the tooth

What Causes Root Resorption?

  • Infection from dental cavities
  • Trauma to the tooth
  • A lesion around the tooth
  • Orthodontic treatment by an unprofessional clinician
  • A response to an intracanal whitening technique
  • Hormonal disease
  • Inherited autoimmune disease
  • Viral infection

How Can Root Resorption be Managed?

Your dentist will diagnose and analyze your detailed medical and dental history to determine the etiology. If the resorption is minimal after radiographic and clinical assessment, it can be left untreated after removal of the cause and under follow-up visits with the dentist.

In cases where a hormonal, autoimmune, or viral disease is suspected, the dentist will refer you to a physician, so more investigations will be demanded. If a faulty orthodontic treatment is detected, referral to a specialist orthodontist will be necessary to stop any more mechanical trauma causing teeth to wear away. In some cases, a root end surgery is recommended to create a good seal in the root, especially if it is related to any lesion. If the tooth is mobile, a dental splint can be used to anchor the tooth in its place until full recovery occurs. In some cases where mobility of the tooth is severe, it could be removed.

If you have one or more root resorption symptoms, our Empire Dental Specialty endodontists may recommend root resorption repair treatment to protect your teeth.

Root Resorption Treatment

Our endodontic staff is here to treat root resorption at our Beavercreek and West Chester offices. If you have been diagnosed with root resorption, schedule an appointment today and let one of our highly skilled endodontists evaluate the severity and create a treatment plan to save your tooth.