A member asked:

After getting my braces off, i was told by my dentist that my teeth's roots got shorter. is there a treatment or cure for root resorption?

5 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. Keith Hollander answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Root blunting is a common side effect of long term orthodontic care. If the teeth have tighten up after the braces came off then it may not be a long term issue. I would take extra care to avoid periodontal disease as the total length of the root is now shorter and if bone loss starts then the stability of the teeth are more easily compromised.

Answered Nov 14, 2016



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Dr. Kirk Yen answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

External resorption of teeth are known to occur in different degrees due to different factors. Usually some source of irritation occurs that produces inflammatory process and leads to resorption. Best treatment is to have close follow-up with your dentist or orthodontist and to have excellent oral hygiene to avoid bone loss.

Answered Dec 7, 2016


Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Whenever we move teeth there are changes along the roots, usually microscopic. Very rarely the changes are macroscopic, as in your case. I'm afraid there's no way to regrow roots.

Answered Nov 19, 2016


Dr. Robert Douglas answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

There is no treatment to restore the root length. Usually this does not cause any problems.

Answered Dec 8, 2016



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