Understanding Root Resorption: Causes and Management

Dr. Sara examining the tooth

Root resorption, a dental condition that involves the breakdown and absorption of the tooth’s root structure, can originate from different areas within the mouth. Internal resorption starts at the inner surface of the tooth’s root while external resorption initiates at an outer surface where the root connects to the jawbone.

What causes root resorption?

According to the study here, major contributors to inflammatory resorption includes orthodontic movement, periapical periodontitis, trauma and inside bleaching.

  • Dental Trauma: Physical injuries, non-professional tooth whitening, or tooth grinding can trigger inflammation and subsequent resorption.
  • Orthodontic Treatment: Prolonged or excessive force applied to the tooth during orthodontic treatment, such as braces or other appliances, can contribute to root resorption.
  • Inflammatory Conditions: Inflammation in the tooth or surrounding tissues, often associated with advanced gum disease and dental infections, reaching the tooth pulp, may cause inflammation leading to root resorption.

How is root resorption treated?

Treatment for root resorption varies based on its cause and severity. Following diagnosis, the primary goals are to eliminate the resorption and preserve as much of the tooth as possible. To prevent further spread, it’s often necessary to remove damaged portions, a process that may include root canals, crown removal and replacement, oral surgery or tooth extraction.

Seek Professional Dental Care

For the most favorable outcome, seeking professional dental care early is crucial. If you notice symptoms like swelling gums, redness, tooth loosening, or darker spots on the tooth, schedule an appointment with your dentist promptly or contact us.

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