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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.

There are things you can do to keep away from this problem. For instance, if you keep your teeth clean, you will be able to avoid tooth decay—which can lead to resorption. Teeth grinding and an imbalanced diet could result in a number f the same problems. However, there are other factors you may not be able to prevent, such as trauma or genetics.

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 she 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 Bertha D. Bravo, Dentist PC at 516-485-1145. Our dentist, Dr. Bertha Bravo will be happy to examine your teeth and answer any questions you have. We’re excited to hear from you soon!