Resorption is a diagnosis for a particular type of defect where tooth structure is found to have dissolved. There are multiple types of resorption, which are differentiated by the surface of the tooth that is found to be affected. While the cause of tooth resorption isn’t well understood, common factors that are found to be associated include trauma, orthodontics, specific kinds of teeth bleaching, and tooth infections.
Tooth resorption has the potential to result in a variety of complications, including pain, infection, discoloration, and even tooth loss. As a result, it is important that you are evaluated by a dentist in a timely manner if you suspect you are experiencing this condition. As board-certified endodontists, Dr. Axx and Dr. Clatanoff are specialists in diagnosing and treating tooth resorption and are committed to providing the most comprehensive treatment possible.
How is tooth resorption diagnosed?
The diagnosis of tooth resorption beings with a comprehensive endodontic evaluation by Dr. Axx or Dr. Clatanoff. Our highly skilled endodontists combine the information gathered from their evaluation with an extensive review of your dental history and high resolution radiography to evaluate and diagnose your tooth. In many instances, a specialized x-ray known as a CBCT scan will be needed to thoroughly evaluate and diagnose the extent of the tooth resorption.
How is tooth resorption treated?
The treatment of tooth resorption is dependent upon the location and severity of the tooth defect. Successful management of resorption typically involves removing the affected tooth structure, mitigating the risk of further resorption, and restoring the tooth to function. As such, treatment options for resorption may include: root canal therapy, minor gum surgery, or extraction of the tooth.