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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.

Unfortunately, resorption can be triggered by a number of issues—some of which you may not be able to avoid. Genetics have been linked to resorption, but if you fall or are hit in the mouth, your gums could start absorbing your roots. However, there are other issues that you can avoid, such as preventing cavities and following a healthy diet. Teeth grinding can also be a trigger.

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.

If you’re interested in learning more about resorption, please don’t hesitate to contact Grand Trails Dental at 832-616-8822. Our dentist, Dr. Austin Baker will be happy to examine your teeth and answer any questions you have. We’re excited to hear from you soon!