Resorption

What is resorption?

Resorption is a dental term used to describe the natural process of dental dissolution. For example, resorption occurs when milk teeth dissolve and are replaced by permanent teeth. Strain from adjacent teeth cause existing teeth to dissolve.

How does it affect the development of teeth?

The resorption process may be natural in childhood or occur irregularly in adulthood as permanent pressure from adjacent teeth may cause dental trauma. Similar to baby teeth that become loose, a permanent tooth damaged by resorption may lose stability.

How can it be treated?

If diagnosed early enough through the usage of dental screening or X-rays, the permanent tooth causing the damage may be repositioned through orthodontic treatment. By realigning the teeth, resorption in adulthood should be prevented. If left untreated, tooth loss is likely to occur.

How long does the process take?

The duration of treatment depends on the severity of damage caused by resorption. A dentist or orthodontist assesses the individual's oral condition to determine the correct method of treatment.

Will there be any damage?

If dental misalignment or resorption is identified early, the tooth is likely to be saved. However, where tooth roots are damaged from resorption, the tooth may be lost and require artificial replacement.

Will I need any additional treatment?

If the teeth are realigned and retained in their new position, they should remain stable. Where a tooth is extracted as a result of resorption, a dental bridge, implant-supported crown or denture may be used to replace one or more missing teeth.

 

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