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As a new permanent tooth develops, the roots undergo a process of breakdown and growth. As older cells dissolve (a process called resorption), they’re replaced by newer cells laid down (deposition) as the jaw develops. Once the jaw development ends in early adulthood, root resorption normally stops. It’s a concern, then, if it continues.
Abnormal root resorption most often begins outside of the tooth and works its way in, beginning usually around the neck-like (or cervical) region of the tooth. Also known as external cervical resorption (ECR), the condition usually shows first as pink spots where the enamel is being undermined. As these spots continue to erode, they develop into cavity-like areas.
While its causes haven’t been fully confirmed, ECR has been linked to excessive pressure on teeth during orthodontic treatment, periodontal ligament trauma, teeth-grinding or other excessive force habits, and bleaching techniques performed inside a tooth. Fortunately, ECR is a rare occurrence, and most people who’ve had these problems won’t experience it.
When it does occur, though, it must be treated as quickly as possible because the damage can progress swiftly. Treatment depends on the size and location of the resorption: a small site can often be treated by surgically accessing the tooth through the gum tissue and removing the offending tissue cells. This is often followed with tooth-colored dental material that’s bonded to the tooth to replace lost structure.
A root canal treatment may be necessary if the damage has extended to the pulp, the tooth’s interior. However, there’s a point where the resorption becomes too extensive to save the tooth. In these cases, it may be necessary to remove the tooth and replace it with a dental implant or similar tooth restoration.
In its early stages, ECR may be difficult to detect, and even in cases where it’s been diagnosed more advanced diagnostics like a CBCT scanner may be needed to gauge the extent of damage. In any case, it’s important that you have your teeth examined on a regular basis, at least twice a year. In the rare chance you’ve developed ECR, the quicker it’s found and treatment begun, the better your chances of preserving the tooth.
Dealing with a toothache? You might just need root canal treatment.
We know that no one loves the idea of undergoing a dental procedure but when decay, an infection or an inflamed dental pulp get the better of your smile it’s important that you have a dentist to which you can turn for treatment. Are you currently dealing with a toothache? If so, here’s why you should visit our Sayreville, NJ, dentist Dr. Bhatti right away.
Did you know that a toothache is considered a dental emergency? A toothache doesn’t arise unless something is wrong. Just as pain anywhere in the body is signaling that there is a problem, your mouth is also letting you know that something isn’t right. The sooner you seek treatment from your emergency dentist in Sayreville, NJ, the better.
So, does a toothache mean I need a root canal?
Not exactly. Sometimes a toothache means that you have decay that just needs to be removed and then restored with a dental filling; however, we won’t know the extent of the issue until you come in for an exam. During your visit, we will take x-rays of the tooth to see if the dental pulp has been infected.
The dental pulp is a structure within the tooth that is made up of nerves and connective tissue. While the pulp is instrumental in the development of the tooth, once the tooth has fully matured the pulp is no longer important. If the pulp is inflamed or infected then the only option will be to perform root canal treatment to remove the pulp.
Doesn’t root canal therapy hurt?
On the contrary, root canal treatment is actually the treatment you need to get rid of the pain you are experiencing. Most people dealing with an infected dental pulp are in some serious pain, and once the dental pulp is removed the tooth will no longer cause you any trouble. This procedure is no more invasive than getting a dental filling and we will administer local anesthesia to the area prior to starting your root canal so the area will be completely numb.
If you are dealing with a toothache or other dental issues then it’s time to call Personalized Dentistry in Sayreville, NJ, right away so that we can get you into the office for immediate dental care. We provide routine and immediate dentistry to patients of all ages, from children to seniors.