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FAQ:  Internal Resorption


  • My daughter has 4 missing teeth. No adult teeth ever came through and we are about to do implants. The x-rays showed signs of internal resorption and several other teeth may be compromised. My dentist recommends doing the 4 implants and then monitoring her x-rays on a regular basis to watch for any problems. I just want to make sure that we are doing everything we can for her. Does this sound correct or should we consider any other options? ...Visitor from MS     (answer)

  • Resorption upper molar: I had a root canal on an upper molar after the diagnosis of internal resorption. The tooth has been asymptomatic for 6 months. When can I get my crown? Wait 1 year? ...Visitor from CO     (answer)

  • I have been told that #24 has resorption and will have to be removed. I have two questions. In your one FAQ regarding resorption, you mention that my calcium hydroxide should be "... placed deep enough in the root canal to have a therapeutic effect". My periodontist did not mention this option. I was told that I can get a bridge or an implant. What does the calcium hydroxide offer? Also, after reading the online literature, this condition appears to be linked to a loss of calcium. Would taking calcium supplements help the condition? The bottom line is that I would like to try alternatives to losing a tooth. ...John in GA     (answer)

  • I recently had a root canal and crown on my canine tooth because of internal resorption. Now, I have a molar that had a root canal and crown several years ago that has bone loss occuring. My dentist wants me to go see a periodontist. Is this the correct measure I should take? I am a little concerned as to why my body is rejecting my teeth. Is this normal or is there something that may be underlying with my teeth/system? I have several root canals and teeth with large fillings, so I am also concerned that this may happen to other teeth. Any help in answering these questions and pointing me in the right direction would be appreciated. ...Teri     (answer)

  • One of my front teeth suffered a small unnoticable chip from a bully, when I was a kid. It now has the beginnings of a cervical absorption. What is the best way to deal with it? Is the whole tooth a goner? The dentist wants to root canal it, and remove the gum part, to fill the tooth. It is about 1/3 of the way through the top of the tooth. Should I save the tooth or just get a implant? Maybe, take the tooth down, so the gum is left alone, and then use a pin and have it capped. Does it need a root canal, because it doesn't hurt at all? What would be the best root to go as to taking care of this problem? What is going to happen to this tooth? ...Patrick in PA     (answer)

  • My front tooth has suffered from internal resorption. The dead tissue was removed and it has been filled with Calcium hydroxide and some medicine. But the doctor says chance of survival are not more than 5%. Can you tell me what are the options before me to retain my natural front tooth? Visitor from Ludhiana, Punjab (India)     (answer)

  • I am a 60-year-old woman, and I have an upper incisor that was diagnosed about 12 years ago with internal resorption. (Probably from braces 30 years ago.) I opted to leave it alone for a bit because I did not have dental insurance at that time. So I had it x-rayed periodically to keep tabs on it. The films do not show any progression, though once in a while the lingual side of gum may show some irritation for a few days. The root did become infected once, but antibiotics took care of it. I also am very careful about not biting into hard foods. Can resorption stop at some point? I want to keep my tooth as long as possible, and if it hasn't become worse in 12 years, maybe I'm lucky. ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • A couple of years ago, during a routine dental check-up, the dentist noticed something wrong with my right upper canine. After an x-ray, he realised that it was internal resorption. He has never actually seen this outside of a textbook in his 20 odd years as a dentist. I've had a root canal and a temporary filling placed in that tooth, yet it still bleeds, and causes me pain on a regular basis. I have revisited him, during which he cleaned it out again, yet still it is causing problems. Is there anything in particular my Dentist should be doing to treat this tooth? ... Visitor from Leicester, England, UK     (answer)

  • Internal Resorption in baby teeth: I have a four year old daughter who recently had one of her front teeth pulled because it was suffering from resorption. Within a month, I notice one of her bottom teeth doing the same thing. The X-Ray confirmed it but the doctor was not able to explain why it was happening. He said that the bones were healthy and she is healthy overall. What would cause resorption in baby teeth without trauma in more than one tooth? How can we stop other teeth from being infected? ... Visitor from DE     (answer)


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