The human body is an amazing organism. It experiences a variety of physical phenomena throughout one’s lifespan in order to keep us on a proper developmental pathway. One phenomenon that is completely normal in childhood is root resorption in the primary teeth. Our “baby teeth” lose their roots, which is why they eventually fall out to make room for our adult teeth.
However, once we have all of our adult teeth, root resorption becomes an unexpected and abnormal process. In some cases of dental resorption a patient can experience pain, numbness, and discomfort, in addition to changes in the shape and size of the teeth; however, often the symptoms can be far more subtle.
Here’s a quick list of things to know about root resorption so that you and your Phoenix endodontist can ensure your natural teeth remain healthy and functional.
How to avoid root resorption problems
- Understand how root resorption can happen. Some causes of dental resorption include excessive orthodontic force being used on teeth, trauma to a tooth that damages the periodontal ligament, and conditions such as bruxism (grinding one’s teeth).
- Understand how root resorption is diagnosed. If root resorption is suspected, your Phoenix endodontist or another dental specialist can use radiographs, photos, x-rays, and diagnostic models to determine how far the resorption has progressed and how severely your natural tooth has been impacted.
- Understand how root resorption is treated. If the resorption activity is primarily occurring on the exterior of the tooth, single-tooth orthodontic or periodontal treatments may help. However, more advanced cases that involve the tooth pulp often require your Phoenix endodontist to perform a root canal to try to save the natural tooth.
“Root resorption allows our baby teeth to make way for our adult teeth, but after that, it is considered abnormal,” says Dr. Susan L. Wood, who practices with the Phoenix Endodontic Group. “If you suspect you have this condition, make an appointment with your Phoenix endodontist as soon as possible.”