Posted .

You know that your little one’s primary teeth should fall out eventually, but have you heard that your child’s roots are actually absorbed before their teeth can fall out? This is a painless and natural process known as resorption, but did you know that adults could have to cope with this issue as well? Sadly, if your adult teeth start to lose their roots, you may have to deal with with several serious issues.

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.

Unfortunately, resorption can be hard to recognize and many patients ignore the signs until it’s too late. Catching this issue early is one key to successful treatment. This is another reason we recommend scheduling an appointment with us every six months.

If your case is minor, our dentist may be able to remove the affected portion of the tooth and fill it like she 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 Classic Smiles at 407-293-3002. Our dentist, Dr. Susanne Baaqee will be happy to examine your teeth and answer any questions you have. We’re excited to hear from you soon!