Root resorption, which is when the body resorbs root tissue in the mouth, is a normal process in children as they lose their baby teeth. However, root resorption in adults can lead to serious dental problems. At Prime Endodontics in Kirkland, Washington, Nestor Cohenca, DDS, FIADT, a highly skilled endodontist, provides treatment of root resorption to improve oral health. To find out more about root resorptions treatment, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
During childhood, the body resorbs the root tissue that holds a baby tooth, or primary tooth, in place when the tooth grows out. Root resorption helps the baby tooth fall out so the adult tooth can grow in its place.
Though rare, root resorption also affects adults. Researchers are still investigating the underlying cause of root resorption in adults but theorize it may occur from dental trauma or teeth grinding. Overaggressive orthodontic treatment may also trigger root resorption.
You need root resorptions treatment when you start showing signs of root loss. You or your dentist may see the changes. There are two types of root resorption:
ECR is when resorption begins outside the tooth and works its way in. The resorption usually starts at the point where the tooth meets the gum line. It is the more common type of root resorption.
With ECR, you may notice pink spots in the areas where you have enamel deterioration. However, you can have ECR without having any visible symptoms.
Internal resorption begins in the tooth root. This type of root resorption is less common than ECR. With internal resorption, you may have chronic pulp inflammation or no symptoms at all.
The experienced and skilled endodontist at Prime Endodontics customizes your treatment plan based on symptoms and cause if known. However, there’s no set root resorptions treatment protocol.
Before making any recommendation, the endodontist at Prime Endodontics evaluates your mouth and teeth and takes 3D digital dental X-rays.
If your root resorption is mild and only causes minor pain and swelling, the endodontist may recommend over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers and regular visits with your dentist for monitoring.
If your root resorption is moderate, the endodontist performs root canal therapy to save the tooth. If you have severe tooth damage, the endodontist may need to perform a tooth extraction followed by tooth replacement with a dental implant.
When it comes to root resorption treatment, it’s essential that you get the right care immediately to save your natural tooth.
Regular visits with your dentist for checkups, X-rays, and cleanings may prevent root resorption.
To schedule a root resorption treatment consultation at Prime Endodontics, call the office or book an appointment online today.