Treatment of Root Resorptions

Root resorption occurs in children daily, as it is the natural process of the body to reabsorb tissues. For a child’s mouth, it helps them in losing their baby teeth and also lets them go through an effective orthodontic treatment. The body resorbs tissues which form the connection between the baby teeth and the mouth, even making the tooth to be able to fall out. But seeing resorption in adults might be a matter of concern.

Why does resorption happen?

We may not always know why resorption is occurring. Sometimes it might be because of a tooth trauma or severe grinding, or even due to overaggressive orthodontic treatment like applying too much force on the teeth with braces. But usually, the cause is unknown, and the focus should be laid on the procedure.


When resorption begins outside of the tooth and starts working its way in, often at the meeting point of the tooth and the gum line, then it is called external resorption, which is a very common type. At first, patients might find pink spots where the enamel begins to deteriorate, or they would be asymptomatic. If this is not treated, then it can cause cavities, and, in this way, the decay will affect the pulp of the tooth. This condition usually requires root canal therapy. But, if there is extensive damage, the tooth might need to undergo extraction or replacement using a dental implant.


Internal resorption is not that common as ECR, as it involves the resorption of tissue, which begins in the tooth root. It might occur because of chronic pulp inflammation or might be asymptomatic. In order to save the tooth, you need to go through treatment as soon as possible.

An endodontist aims at saving your natural teeth with great care, and also makes sure to provide the best oral health in the future. If you find any sign of root decay or resorption, do not delay the treatment.

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