Root Resorption

What is Root Resorption?

Root resorption is the process in which the body breaks down and absorbs tooth structure. Although this is a rare phenomenon in adults, root resorption in children is natural and enables the roots of baby teeth to dissolve so that permanent teeth can serve as replacements.

Why Does Resorption Happen in Adults?

We often do not know the cause of root resorption in permanent teeth, but there are several factors which could act as contributors. Pressure and tension are normal stressors that can lead to breakdown in tissue, so years after excessive orthodontic force, a tooth may experience resorption. Likewise, trauma to a tooth may damage gum ligaments, resulting in the beginnings of resorption. Extreme teeth grinding and tooth-bleaching have been found to initiate resorption as well. The good news? Most patients with these risk factors never go on to develop any indicators of root resorption.

Since resorption is usually asymptomatic, detecting its presence in the initial stages isn’t always easy. Nonetheless, early treatment is crucial when it comes to saving these tooth, and as endodontists, our primary concern is to save your natural teeth. Call us at the first sign of root decay or resorption, so we can safely and gently provide you with the best possible care for maintaining your oral health well into the future.