Tooth Resorption

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The term resorption is technically not a dental term. Though, a dental professional may diagnose you that you may experience tooth resorption. Resorption happened when your body went through a traumatic injury, and it rejects the tooth as self-defense.

  • Tooth resorption transpires when there is a tooth loss (part of a tooth) due to an irritation or injury.
  • Tooth resorption may change different tooth parts, including the tooth’s outer regions or inner (pulp, dentin, and root).
  • There are two types of resorption— internal and external.
  • Internal concerns with the tissues within the tooth. It is not common and can be diagnosed through x-rays. (dark spots in where tissues are supposed to be located)
  • External is easier to identify because it can be seen just by looking. It is the most common since the surface may be chipped or have erosions.
  • What can trigger tooth resorption is usually injuries that cause swelling or loss of tissues or bones.
  • Untreated cavities are one of the leading causes of resorptions.
  • Symptoms include pain within the tooth/root/crown, tooth discoloration, swollen gums, uneven gaps, brittle teeth, and holes in teeth.
  • Complications may lead to infections, crooked teeth, tooth weakness, discoloration, loss of teeth, receding.
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