FAQ - Tooth Resorption
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How to fix a tooth resorption?


What are the methods a dentist would take to fix a tooth resorption... root canal? tooth implant?
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If I have tooth resorption then what are my options?


My doctor gave me a retainer to wear at night because I grind my teeth sometimes and he think that will help it. I'm only 25 years old. The resorption is the result of braces. I'm a little scared. He told me to floss, brush them, make sure I'm not too hard on my gums and to keep current with dental work. He also told me to keep wearing my retainer.

I'm not sure what else I can do. I'm kind of scared.
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The roots experience resorption because they were moved so quickly during braces. The best thing you can do is to wear your retainer and keep them in place. They may resorb a bit more if they move quickly again. I would not worry at all. I see many people with root resorption, including myself, and it is never an extreme worry. Just brush, floss, and see your dentist and hygienist regularly for cleanings and exams. Xrays are important to see how the resorption has changed over time and the dentist will monitor it. So just keep doing a good job with your homecare and try not to worry!! You should be just fine!  (+ info)

If you have tooth resorption can you get lumineers?


I had worn metal braces longer than I should have and it started a slight tooth resorption. They're off now but I wonder if I can get lumineers.
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lumineers work best if there are already some spaces between your teeth otherwise, there are other types of veneers that will work better.  (+ info)

Tooth Resorption diagnosis does it sound correct?


I am 39, recently had braces for 4 years, removed about 1 year ago, the last x-ray we took 9-12 months ago was perfect. Went in today for check up and cleaning, took x-rays, and a shadow/dark spot was seen on lower #20, the Dr. took another x-ray to make sure it wasn't an artifact. There are definite minute dark areas in the root area of the tooth, he showed me last years, and those are solid and white and these are mostly solid with these wisps of dark.

He said this is resorption, which I have read up on throughly now. I am frustrated since I spent so much time on my teeth and clean them every 3 months, etc.

He says that there are many reasons for this; genetic, trauma, ortho, etc. In my case, I would imagine mine is the ortho.

He wants to do a root canal asap since he says that once the resorption starts it can go very fast and we don't want to damage the tooth anymore.

Question: Does resorption ever reverse, stop, am I jumping the gun, or better safe than sorry?
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Miracles can happen, I would get an appointment asap for that root canal, it a 50/50 chance of stopping it, but it will slow it down plus you won't suddenly have a throbbing toothache at a future date  (+ info)

Resorption in tooth in 57 year old male, concerns?


I just had a root canal in #14 molar which has had a crown since 1976. I had braces as a teenager, 1965, with several permanent teeth removed at that time. My current dentist mentioned that there was no firm indication on the origin of resorption found during the root canal, saying they can originate internally or externally. He is hope-full that the source has been removed by I am wondering what happens if is still present and active. What might be symptoms to watch for? The tooth is currently stable and will have a new crown. Any suggestions on information sources is appreciated. Thanks, Tom
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Q. root resorption after orthodontic treatment and about tooth implants?


my lateral incisor in upper jaw has its root totally resorbed. it is just stuck to the gums now. i had braces 5 yrs back for 2 years n have retainers right now. i m 20 yr old. my dentist says the only option i have now is tooth implant. is it safe? please tell me something about it. was anything wrong with the orthodontic treatment that my root got resorbed?
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ROOT RESORPTION IS A SIDE EFFECT OF ORTHO TREATMENT, IT MAY BE GENETIC OR IT CAN BE DUE TO HIGH FORCES. YES IMPLANTS RE SAFE, BUT YOU NEED OT WAIT TILL YOUR FACIA GRWOTH IS TOTALLY COMPLETED. IF YOU ARE A MALE, DO IT AFTER 21 YEARS OF AGE AND IF FEMAL AFTER 18 IS SAFE  (+ info)

What is the physiology/biology behind tooth pain/sensitivity when whitening/bleaching?


Usually, your pain mechanism is your body's way of telling you that's something's wrong. Therefore, what do whitening products do to your teeth that make them hurt? Is it causing root resorption? (Despite the potassium nitrate in the whitening gel, my teeth still hurt). Thanks!
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Carbamide Peroxide the active product is slowly broken down to Hydrogen Peroxide which whitens the teeth. The 16% gel whitens more slowly but causes less tooth sensitivity. The 22% gel whitens quickly but can cause temporary sensitivity to temperatures. Both the 16% and 22% gels need to be worn for about 10-14 days to achieve maximum whiteness. Hydrogen peroxide penetrates the enamel prisms of the tooth an removes biofilm this "opening of the pores" next to the pulp of the tooth causes an increase in sensitivity althoughth here has never been any long term harm to the tooth or pulp(nerve)


The ultimate whiteness will be determined by the length of time the teeth are exposed to the whitening gel and the mineral composition of the teeth. Teeth whitening is kind of like a reverse suntan. Some people get great results in only one or two days while others need more treatment time.  (+ info)

Will partial dentures decrease the chances of bone loss in the jaw or collapse of jaw due to bone resorption?


Once the tooth is removed, regardless of partials isn't the supporting bone in the jaw already dissolving?
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No, a denture will not prevent bone resorption. Dentures get looser as time goes on, due to bone resorption. When a tooth is removed, bone resorption starts straight away, and is rapid for the first 3-6 months, and then continues at a slow rate. New dentures proviided straight after tooth removal (immediate dentures) will therefore be a poor fit after just a few months  (+ info)

How does resorption work in the exfoliation of deciduous teeth?


Can some one help me out here. Thanks
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The pressure of the crown of the permanent teeth pressing against the roots of the baby teeth causes the roots to literally dissolve away. When the baby roots become short enough, there is not enough to hold the the tooth in so they become loose and fall out. The pressure exerted by the permanent tooth on the baby tooth will also help push the baby tooth out.  (+ info)

Any advice regarding abnormal bone growth contributing to tooth root resorption?


I went to the dentist after experiencing some diffuse, dull pain in my lower jaw. An xray was taken which revealed an opaque, round mass encroaching on the distal root of tooth #30. The root is almost half dissolved. There is a small abscess on the other root, which may explain the discomfort. I have been referred to an endodontist and an oral surgeon. They both agree that I would benefit from an I CAT dental scan. Right now the insurance companies are arguing on whether it's dental or medical.
I am very concerned about this being osteosarcoma.
Is there a professional who can advise me on what diagnostics to ask for next? I CAT, Biopsy?
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See a periodontist  (+ info)

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