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When your little one’s teeth fall out, they actually go through a process known as resorption. During this process, the roots of your child’s teeth will be reabsorbed into the gums, which allow the teeth to fall out. However, adults could also have resorption, which could lead to a number of problems. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to address this issue.

Tooth trauma and tooth decay could each trigger tooth resorption. Similarly, if you suffer from teeth grinding—also known as bruxism—you could suffer from inflammation, which could also trigger this issue. Cavities, genetics, and nutritional deficiencies have also all been linked to resorption as well.

Unfortunately, resorption can be hard to recognize and many patients ignore the signs until it’s too late. Catching this issue early is one key to successful treatment. This is another reason we recommend scheduling an appointment with us every six months.

If your case is minor, our dentist may be able to remove the affected portion of the tooth and fill it like he would a cavity. If the damage is more extensive and has affected your dentin—which is an inner layer of your teeth—we may recommend root canal therapy. If the issue is severe enough, we may suggest a tooth extraction.

Do you have more questions about tooth resorption? Are you interested in learning more about how it could affect your teeth? Do you simply hope to set up an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Arnold H Brokstein? If so, please don’t hesitate to call us at 510-482-5700. We’re eager to receive your call!