Root resorption is the progressive loss of tooth structure or tissues surrounding a tooth. 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.
If the enamel has experienced enough damage that cavities have resulted, root canal therapy may be needed, or a combination of root canal therapy with surgical intervention. Extraction and dental implant procedures are required in the rare case that the resorption is too extensive to treat successfully.
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 the 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.