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FAQ:  Resorption: Tooth - Root - Bone

  • Molar #19 root canal through crown 2 years ago and crazed the crown. Now it has crumbled and resorption on the side was found under the crown. Periodontist wants to do surgery to lower gum and see how far down the lesion goes. Then, if feasible, lower the bone and gum to expose enough tooth for crown attachment. My question - will this stop the resorption? and if not - won't the tooth get worse and then the subsequent extraction involve cutting into my jaw? ...Visitor from VA     (answer)

  • Root resorption in a front lower tooth: My husband has a front tooth that has root resorption and he has been to about 4 different dentists for opinions, but my husband, who is very particular, was not satisfied with the options. (one large tooth with line down the middle giving appearance of 2 teeth, 2 smaller teeth in front (he worries about a gap there). One dentist said to yank it out and then we will see what to do next. Another dentist was really not sure, said it was a tough situation. Can you give any other opinion or dentist info that specialize in such a situation? It is his front bottom tooth and it is loose now and he fears losing it soon with no options in sight. ...Visitor from GA     (answer)

  • Pink Tooth / resorption: I went to the dentist for a small pink looking cavity on my front upper tooth. She said, after consulting another dentist that it was either internal or external resorption and for some reason there is gum tissue inside my tooth that is extremely painful when she touches it with a needle. Do you know why I would have gum tissue inside my tooth with no cracks or way of it getting into there? She has never seen this before and called me a dental mystery. I am scheduled to have a root canal on this tooth and am concerned about the gum tissue inside and how that will be done. I also have a small probable abscess above this tooth. Should I be consulting a specialist for this? ...Visitor from WA     (answer)

  • I was recently diagnosed with root resportion in my top 4 front teeth. About 5 years ago I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and have since had a complete thyroidectomy and 2 doses of 131 radioactive iodine. Is there a possiblity that the root damage was done during these radiation treatments and that my root resporption will not get any worse? ...Visitor from WA     (answer)

  • Tooth replacement options for resorbed teeth: I am a 50 year old woman who back in my younger days was hit hard in the mouth while playing basketball. I wore braces for 5 weeks. Several years later my front teeth died and had to have root canals and crowns on both teeth. My dentist now says my xrays are showing that I am suffering from tooth resorption in both front teeth. Are there any options besides dental implants? In the past 3 months the resorption has stayed the same? Does it sound like this can wait? ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Internal Resorption: I am a 73 year old male and was diagnosed with Resoption on tooth #18. I have an appointment for a root canal. I have been using FORTEO for 11 months and I took Fosamax for 5 years. Could either of these drugs be causing the Resorption? ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • External Root Resorption: I have been diagnosed with external root resorption by xray on all front top teeth. I have no history of trauma, other than 4 years of braces. I had 4 molars extracted before the braces were put on and the reason for braces was to bring down a canine that was impacted. I had no noticeable problems, until the dentist saw the xray (now 10 years post orthodontics) and now 2 of the teeth are slightly loose. The endodontist said there is nothing to be done to prevent me from possibly losing these teeth, other than getting implants. Does external resorption stop or continue worsening? Are there any treatments available? I've had no infection, gingivitis, or other problems. I'm 31 years old. ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Resorption of Baby Teeth: Several of my daughters baby teeth have eroded away from the inside out. First they will get a pink spot on them, then the whole tooth will turn pink. In the first stages the enamel is still intact. The dentist says that the root is dying. After the whole tooth is pink a hole will form in the top of the tooth and it will drain a brown foul smelling fluid and leave just a shell of the tooth. The first one the dentist pulled, but the others, he has let fall out on their own. What would cause this to happen and what are the chances that this will happen to her permanent teeth? I am afraid that this is a sign of an underlying medical problem. ...Visitor from VA     (answer)

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