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Didn’t know where to start this thread but has anyone ever been diagnosed by a dentist for root reabsorption?
Apparently it should be taken care of ASAP by either root canal or extraction.
Thank for any info
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@imallears I never heard of this reabsorbtion
@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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@hopeful33250 Thanks for the information
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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
@hopeful33250 As I read this I'm have ng some problems and that sounds like this might be what it is but I haven't gone to dentist yet instead I use the pick end of floss then a good mouthwash it has Hydrogen Peroxide in it I use baking soda and salt to brush the few teeth I have I was surprised that my teeth became stronger before the teeth hurt But I'm still making dentist appt.
Perhaps other Members will post if they have experienced this. I hope this gets resolved for you both soon.
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I visit my dentist every 4 months for periodontal maintenance and cleaning with xrays once a year. Yes, get yourself to a dentist so they can X-ray. Just finished 2 crowns last month. I have a nice expensive smile lol. Teeth problems can lead to other health problems. Flossing is essential. Let me know how things go.
To paraphrase Audrey Hepburn, a smile is your best accessory.
Regards from Florida Mary
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@I don't know any here in California but will find one soon
It’s been a month since I found out about my tooth reabsorption and I came across 2 people in my gym class who had this years ago. So last week I had xrays, 3D scan and a root canal. I got to this early and one root was involved and in a good position on the cheek side, I think she said. She removed the pulp and put a temp filling and I returned this past Tuesday for the apioectomy.
She drilled a hole in the gum and cut off the bottom of the root and sealed it all up and put in 4 stitches which are being removed this Thursday…2 days…wow. I have to say both procedures were not as bad as I had anticipated.
I rested and iced every 15 minutes ( for 9 hours yesterday)….drank cold liquids and cold food. Had to sleep with head elevated.
No brushing. So I binged on Netflix and Amazon and babied myself. Today is warm soft food, not hot, and rinsing with salt water as often as possible. I have minimal swelling and no pain…just a minor sinus type headache this morning. Also no gym for rest of week and no wine (boo). It pays to heed instructions. Expensive , almost 3 grand total and I return to my regular dentist for a permanent filling soon.
So don’t ignore any type of pain or discomfort with your teeth..there’s a reason for the pain. Infection can occur and you could lose the tooth and it’s too near my sinus cavities, eyes and ears to ignore. My regular dentist caught it on my yearly xrays but, not being an endodontist, didn’t know what would or could be done.
So I can enjoy my granddaughters high school graduation weekend without looking like a chipmonk lol.
Regards from Florida Mary
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@imallears Hope you feel better for her graduation
I appreciate your update and the results of your treatment. I'm glad that you have not had a lot of discomfort. It sounds like you handled it well. (I agree that Netflix and Amazon can be great distractors when we don't feel well.) Probably the most discomfort was caused by the cost. Did you need to take any antibiotics after the procedure?
I know you will keep following the doctor's instructions. I hope you have a lovely weekend with your family at your granddaughter's high school graduation!
Thank you….no antibiotics…had the stitches out this morning….everything looks good. That area still sore with some slight swelling but I can eat normal food….and have that glass of wine with dinner tonight! I’ll still be careful, though, until the tenderness goes away. We do things in a big way in my family so it’s a combo graduation and 21st celebration birthday for my oldest grandson. Can return to the gym next week. Glad I didn’t let this go.
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I'm glad for your post. I've learned a lot about a dental problem that I was not aware of and I'm sure others have as well. I'm pleased that your stitch removal went well and that you are still feeling good.
I do encourage you to take it easy for a while. I look forward to hearing from you again~
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@imallears I'm sure Dr told you to rinse with saltwater it helps heal
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Been rinsing with salt water for 2 days and will do so for a couple more….I’m an old salt.
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