When your little one’s teeth fall out, they actually go through a process known as resorption. During this process, the roots of your child’s teeth will be reabsorbed into the gums, which allow the teeth to fall out. However, adults could also have resorption, which could lead to a number of problems. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to address this issue.
Tooth trauma and tooth decay could each trigger tooth resorption. Similarly, if you suffer from teeth grinding—also known as bruxism—you could suffer from inflammation, which could also trigger this issue. Cavities, genetics, and nutritional deficiencies have also all been linked to resorption as well.
Unfortunately, resorption can be hard to recognize and many patients ignore the signs until it’s too late. Catching this issue early is one key to successful treatment. This is another reason we recommend scheduling an appointment with us every six months.
For a minor case of resorption, we might be able to address the affected tooth like a cavity. In more severe cases, our team may be able to help you with root canal therapy. While this may not seem like the most pleasant option, root canal therapy is only about as uncomfortable as having a cavity filled. Tooth extraction is another option you should consider.
If you’re interested in learning more about resorption, please don’t hesitate to contact Buhler Dental Care at (801) 794-9905. Our dentist, Dr. Forrest S. Buhler & Cameron S. Buhler will be happy to examine your teeth and answer any questions you have. We’re excited to hear from you soon!