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Just Want to Talk | Last Active: Jun 17, 2019 | Replies (22)

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@imallears and @lioness

This was new to me as well. I did a Google search and came up with some websites that discuss this. Here is the link from the National Institute of Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4296652/

Here is an article from the Colgate website, https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/immune-disorders/what-is-tooth-resorption- Here are a couple of paragraphs describing the two kinds of tooth reabsorption:

"Internal Tooth Resorption. When a dentist diagnoses internal resorption, they are referring to the tooth itself. The dentin or cementum starts to be absorbed into the tooth canal, which causes the tooth's inner and outer surfaces to become inflamed. This is usually caused by some form of injury to the tooth, such as trauma, chemicals or heat, or bacterial invasion of the pulp. The tooth tissue changes from its normal consistency into giant, inflamed cells that are then absorbed into the tooth root.

This process eventually leaves the tooth hollow, which weakens it and makes it susceptible to damage and decay. The first sign of internal resorption a patient notices is usually a pinkish tinge to the tooth, which shows that the internal tissue is affected. Their dentist could then order a dental image or X-ray, which might show a dental lesion in the area affected.

External Tooth Resorption. External resorption is similar to internal resorption, and sometimes very difficult to distinguish. The causes can include trauma to the tooth, rapid orthodontic movement of the teeth (such as braces), or infection of the gum space in and around the tooth.

When the outside root or crown of a permanent tooth is absorbed, it can lead to tooth loss, infection, shifting teeth, and other mouth and jaw problems, unless you receive timely dental attention."

If you read the complete article you will see some of the treatment options as well.

Mary, were you diagnosed with this? If so, what type of symptoms do you have?

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I have read up on this and never heard of it before my dentist mentioned it as it showed up on an X-ray. He has referred me to an endodontist for evaluation .
I plan on dropping by to make an appointment. Apparently it is rare in adults….lucky me. Was wondering if anyone here has experienced it. From what I read , it only gets worse if left untreated to the point of losing the tooth. It looks like root canal is in my future. I experience little pain when tooth is pressed or it hurts if ibite down hard but could live with it for now.

I get X-rays once a year so this could have been going on for a while but only noticed the discomfort last several months.

Will keep you posted

Regards from Florida Mary…truly Mary Queen of Crowns

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