Teeth are a highly valuable part of any person. They are what allow you to speak and eat on a daily basis which is why it is so important to take care of your oral health today in order to avoid consequences down the road. If you have any signs of issues with your teeth whether it be as seemingly minor as a small cavity, it’s advisable to get it treated as soon as possible.
Today we will be discussing root resorption, however. But what exactly is it? Is it serious? And is it treatable? These are questions that likely run through one’s mind when oral health matters are brought up, especially when slightly less popular subjects are mentioned as the topic of today is.
What is Internal Root Resorption?
Each tooth has a root associated with it much like a plant also has a root, but unlike a plant, your teeth are associated with you and anything that happens has physical consequences should they be negative such as cavities, infections etc. Teeth have nerves, can fall out, get damaged, all of which are things that nobody would want which is why we always talk about brushing, flossing, and seeing us twice a year for a routine check up.
Internal root resorption isn’t an extremely common dental topic. But it is still an important one to discuss and it’s a problem that many face. The condition is a loss of structure inside of the tooth which is caused by either a dental infection or trauma and if left untreated, it can begin to lead to permanent damage such as broken down cementum and/or dentin which in turn can render the tooth unusable and lead to extraction.
How is Internal Root Resorption Treated?
Internal root resorption is treated much like an infected tooth:
Removal of the pulp
Because the damage is internal, similar treatments apply to root resorption as it does to other forms of internal tooth damage. Although depending on the severity of the condition, different methods might be practiced varying by individual.
In order to detect internal root resorption, we use a type of CT scan known as Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) which allows endodontists to produce detailed 3D x-rays in order to accurately assess the situation and find out what needs to be done in order to heal the individual.
What Causes Root Resorption?
The human body produces osteoclasts which are produced by naturally occurring bone cells which break down bone tissue. They will keep breaking down tooth structure as long as they are fed by blood vessels and surrounding tissue.
A compromised tooth whether it be by trauma or an infection will cause this process to start affecting the tooth at hand which leads to the condition. Many individuals may not even notice that they are experiencing internal tooth resorption until it has gotten to the point of pain or a noticeable visual difference.
This is why we always suggest seeking out dental care at the earliest signs of oral health issues. Many ignore problems because they feel like they can “tough” out whatever they are going through whether it be a toothache, cavity, or a chipped tooth only for this seemingly minor issue that can be treated relatively quickly and affordably to snowball into a much larger issue that can potentially have permanent effects.
If you are experiencing:
Signs of a cavity
Internal tooth damage
Don’t hesitate to contact us about the matter to have the issue looked at and treated. We understand that people are busy and may not want to come in, but your oral health is important and we’ll make sure to make the experience as inviting as possible!