Root Canal Therapy for Internal Root Resorption
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internal root resorption

Root resorption is a fairly rare oral issue, involving the dissolving or breaking down of the tooth structure. But why does it happen?

Well, internal root resorption typically occurs as a result of significant trauma or irritation (such as injury, or the placement of a deep dental filling). The pulp inflammation caused by these complications is thought to be responsible for the condition. Without treatment, resorption will often progress, making its way to the surface of the root – and will eventually become impossible to treat. This is why early detection and treatment is crucial.

Unfortunately, sufferers of internal root resorption often experience no warning signs, so it may be difficult to detect in time if a patient is putting off their routine X-rays. However, the good news is that root resorption is generally slow in its progression and is often detected through routine X-rays before the prognosis for treatment success is too low.

How Is Internal Resorption Treated?

Internal root resorption can often be treated with an endodontic (root canal therapy) procedure. The diseased pulp responsible for the disease and inflammation can successfully be removed by the endodontist or dentist during this treatment. However, if the resorption is more significant, there may be no hope left for the tooth – thus requiring extraction.

How Can I Prevent Internal Resorption?

Don't skip out on regular dental check-ups, including routine X-rays! Try to reduce your risk of injury to your teeth when you can, such as by wearing a mouth guard if you suspect you have a bruxism (teeth grinding) problem, or wearing a sport guard when you engage in competitive physical activity. And last, but certainly not least, make your oral health a priority. Practicing a proper daily oral care routine at home in addition to seeing your dentist when necessary will all work in your favor, as your risk for dental decay (and ultimately fillings) will be significantly reduced.

Keep Looking After Your Mouth!

The reality is, no one is 100% immune to potential dental problems or accidents – but we can always take the right steps to protect our mouths and lower our risks. Luckily, root canal therapy can "save" a tooth that has experienced damage in many cases, if the conditions are right. If you have any concerns or questions about root canal therapy, call our Scarborough endodontist today! Dr. Lance Isaac and the team at The Endodontic Group will be pleased to help.