Reston Tooth Resorption

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Have you been diagnosed with tooth resorption?

Your board-certified endodontists are here to guide you through understanding this condition and your options. Many times, resorption can be treated with a root canal procedure. In some cases, surgical care may be required.A 3D x-ray of the affected tooth is essential for diagnosing your specific type of resorption and recommending the most effective plan for restoring your oral health

1. Consultation (45 minutes)

Meet one-on-one with your board-certified endodontist. Your consultation will include a specialized 3D x-ray (Cone Beam CT). Once diagnosing the specific location, type, and severity of the resorption, we’ll test the tooth to find out if the resorption has resulted in root canal disease. Treatment options may include a root canal, a root canal with an external root structure repair, or simply monitoring. In some cases, extraction may be recommended.

2. Endodontic Procedure

Your comfort is a top priority. If endodontic treatment is recommended, we’ll make sure you’re relaxed with a soft blanket, aromatherapy, music, and anything else you need to feel at ease. We offer pain-free anesthesia and sedation options, including nitrous and oral sedation.

4. Returning Home

Your well-being is at the heart of everything we do — that includes making sure you understand your post-op care. We’ll provide detailed aftercare instructions once your Reston tooth resorption repair is complete.

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What is tooth resorption?

According to the American Association of Endodontists, tooth resorption is defined as physiologic or pathologic loss of dentin, cementum, and/or bone not immediately due to caries or trauma. In basic terms, resorption refers to when parts of your tooth or the bone around it start to break down and dissolve.

Additionally, resorption can start internally and externally:

  • Internal resorption – Starts at the innermost surface of your tooth’s root where the root surface forms the boundary of your tooth’s nerve chamber.
  • External resorption – Starts at the outermost surface where your tooth’s root connects to your jawbone through the ligament that holds it within its socket.
Without treatment, both internal and external resorption can lead to the loss of your tooth.

What causes tooth resorption in adult teeth?

In healthy adult teeth, the pulp (the innermost structure of a tooth) and roots are protected against pathologic resorption by a layer called pre-dentin and pre-cementum. However, when these layers are disrupted and inflammation occurs in the area, the cells involved in the remodeling of our body tissue can invade the tooth and start dissolving the tooth structure.

Although the exact cause of resorption in adult teeth is not fully understood, there have been several attempts to link specific events to pathologic tooth resorption:

    • Dental trauma
    • Tooth decay
    • Excessive orthodontic treatment (braces)
    • Teeth whitening
    • Surgical extraction of adjacent teeth
    • Surgical periodontal (gum) treatment
    • Grinding or clenching teeth
    • Certain systemic diseases or medications

What are common symptoms of resorption?

Often, patients with resorption don’t feel any pain or notice symptoms. Resorption is usually discovered through x-rays. However, you may notice some signs and symptoms:

  • Pink or dark discoloration of the tooth
  • Crevice or bump in the tooth near the gum line
  • Swelling or redness of the gums
  • Tooth pain

What should I expect as your patient?

We proudly offer the very best patient experience! Get direct access to our endodontists during after-hours and weekends through calls or texts. We also offer complimentary follow-up exams and CBCT imaging. Discover the difference — learn more.

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11800 Sunrise Valley Dr., Suite #250
Reston, VA 20191
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  • (703) 429-9926

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