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Posted by: BMJ | 2012/03/28

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Root re-absorption

Dear Doc

My son got an absess last week on his gum above tooth 11. The dentist put him on a course of antibiotics which helped and cleared the absess by day 3. I took him to the dentist today and he did a checkup and xray of the tooth (it is a permanent tooth). He was concerned and said it seemed like his roots are being re-absorbed, but that this must be checked with a orthodontist. My son was listening and very nervous,so I did not ask to many questions. Could you please explain to me what this is and what the implications and causes are.

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sometimes after orthodontic treatment treatment, the roots of some teeth start resorbing.What this means is that the root starts "shrinking". This is mosst likely caused by the pressure caused by the movement of the teeth in the orthodontic process.
A tooth can last for many years or even a lifetime despite resorption. However there is a risk of losing the tooth

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Posted by: dental expert | 2012/03/29

sometimes after orthodontic treatment treatment, the roots of some teeth start resorbing.What this means is that the root starts "shrinking". This is mosst likely caused by the pressure caused by the movement of the teeth in the orthodontic process.
A tooth can last for many years or even a lifetime despite resorption. However there is a risk of losing the tooth

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