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Dental exposed roots?
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In brief: Root exposure
Root exposure typically goes hand in hand with gum recession which exposes the root of the tooth that does not have enamel covering it to protect it.
this can be treated by placing a tooth colored filling (composite) to cover the area decreasing sensitivity and protecting the area from decay.

In brief: Root exposure
Root exposure typically goes hand in hand with gum recession which exposes the root of the tooth that does not have enamel covering it to protect it.
this can be treated by placing a tooth colored filling (composite) to cover the area decreasing sensitivity and protecting the area from decay.
Dr. Gregori Kurtzman
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
8 doctors agree
In brief: Dental root
Dental exposure of dental roots can occur naturally with aging.
Recession of the gums can occur with overzelous brushing especially with an electric tooth brush. Also attack of the dentin by plaque formation or disease of the gums can cause exposure of the roots.

In brief: Dental root
Dental exposure of dental roots can occur naturally with aging.
Recession of the gums can occur with overzelous brushing especially with an electric tooth brush. Also attack of the dentin by plaque formation or disease of the gums can cause exposure of the roots.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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4 comments
Dr. Patrick Melder
If you are having pain and sensitivity... You may want to see your dentist.
Dr. Ronald Sherstoff
The recession of the gums and exposure of the sensitive root surface may also be caused by an incorrect bite or from clenching and grinding. Have your dentist check for wear facets (flat shiny spots on the chewing surface of the teeth) and for a correct bite.
Dr. Don Millner
Dentistry - Cosmetic
4 doctors agree
In brief: Toothbrush abrasion.
Exposed roots, an baby boomer epidemic is "toothbrush abrasion! brushing long hard, in circles, in large sweeps scratch the gums of the hard glass like enamel exposing the soft wood like roots, with age or meds the mouth environment drys and the soft roots harbor bacteria which quickly and painlessly finds its way to the nerve.
By the time it is noticed it may too far gone. Don't scrub!

In brief: Toothbrush abrasion.
Exposed roots, an baby boomer epidemic is "toothbrush abrasion! brushing long hard, in circles, in large sweeps scratch the gums of the hard glass like enamel exposing the soft wood like roots, with age or meds the mouth environment drys and the soft roots harbor bacteria which quickly and painlessly finds its way to the nerve.
By the time it is noticed it may too far gone. Don't scrub!
Dr. Don Millner
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1 comment
Dr. Kevin Nail
I have yet to find someone that got such severe toothbrush abrasion that they developed irreversible pulpits. Has anyone else experienced this? From my experience, most people with true toothbrush abrasion (abfractions) has little to no sensitivity due to the process occurring slowly over time and the pulp shrinking back by laying down tertiary/repairative/slerotic dentin.
Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Root Exposure
As gums recede more of the root gets exposed.
This can make the tooth sensitive because root surfaces do not have enamel on them. Sometimes a gingival graft can be done by a periodontist to cover the exposed root. You should see a dentist to discuss this and also evaluate exactly how you got this problem so you can prevent it in another part of your mouth.

In brief: Root Exposure
As gums recede more of the root gets exposed.
This can make the tooth sensitive because root surfaces do not have enamel on them. Sometimes a gingival graft can be done by a periodontist to cover the exposed root. You should see a dentist to discuss this and also evaluate exactly how you got this problem so you can prevent it in another part of your mouth.
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Dr. Howard Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric
2 doctors agree
In brief: Exposed roots...
Can be caused by several things.
Most common is brushing too aggressively. Use a soft bristled brush and brush gently to avoid making the problem worse. A second cause can be gum recession caused by periodontal disease. This requires active intervention by your dentist. If the exposed roots are sensitive they can be treated with fluoride or other desensitizing agents.

In brief: Exposed roots...
Can be caused by several things.
Most common is brushing too aggressively. Use a soft bristled brush and brush gently to avoid making the problem worse. A second cause can be gum recession caused by periodontal disease. This requires active intervention by your dentist. If the exposed roots are sensitive they can be treated with fluoride or other desensitizing agents.
Dr. Howard Schneider
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Exposed roots
Exposed roots can be the result of any of the following: periodontal (gum) disease, toothbrush abrasion due to incorrect brushing, bruxism (chronic teeth grinding or clenching), missing teeth causing extrusion and misalignment.
If you have areas of root exposure, see your dentist for an examination and diagnosis of the cause.

In brief: Exposed roots
Exposed roots can be the result of any of the following: periodontal (gum) disease, toothbrush abrasion due to incorrect brushing, bruxism (chronic teeth grinding or clenching), missing teeth causing extrusion and misalignment.
If you have areas of root exposure, see your dentist for an examination and diagnosis of the cause.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: What exactly..
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In brief: What exactly..
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Expansion?
You are too young to have root exposure caused by periodontal disease or incorrect oral hygiene techniques.
All to often we see this scenario in patients who had overly aggressive expansion during Orthodontic treatment. Please consult with a Periodontist and ask if consultation with an Orthodontic Specialist is in order.

In brief: Expansion?
You are too young to have root exposure caused by periodontal disease or incorrect oral hygiene techniques.
All to often we see this scenario in patients who had overly aggressive expansion during Orthodontic treatment. Please consult with a Periodontist and ask if consultation with an Orthodontic Specialist is in order.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Allan Hawryluk
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Combined Approach
I believe the correct approach is often a combined one.
If a tooth is deeply notched inward several mm then a very conservative bond before the graft procedure is helpful. Similarly, bonding can be indicated post surgically in cases to cover part of the root that the graft was unable to cover. This is very technique sensitive and magnification is important for this.

In brief: Combined Approach
I believe the correct approach is often a combined one.
If a tooth is deeply notched inward several mm then a very conservative bond before the graft procedure is helpful. Similarly, bonding can be indicated post surgically in cases to cover part of the root that the graft was unable to cover. This is very technique sensitive and magnification is important for this.
Dr. Allan Hawryluk
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Dr. Ira Biderman
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Can cause senitivity
When you have exposed root surfaces there can be sensitivity to cold or sweet or when brushing, there are a number of different treatments to help it depending on the severity of the recession.

In brief: Can cause senitivity
When you have exposed root surfaces there can be sensitivity to cold or sweet or when brushing, there are a number of different treatments to help it depending on the severity of the recession.
Dr. Ira Biderman
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Dr. Sam Markzar
Dentistry - Periodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No bonding, unless..
Placement of bonding on a root defect should be done only if there is no chance for root coverage via gum grafting .
That is in miller type 3 defects where bone ; periodontal supports are diminished, or..When there is severe sensitivity ; patient can not afford or denies gum grafts. In any other case, protection ; natural coverage of exposed root surfaces should be done via grafting naturally.

In brief: No bonding, unless..
Placement of bonding on a root defect should be done only if there is no chance for root coverage via gum grafting .
That is in miller type 3 defects where bone ; periodontal supports are diminished, or..When there is severe sensitivity ; patient can not afford or denies gum grafts. In any other case, protection ; natural coverage of exposed root surfaces should be done via grafting naturally.
Dr. Sam Markzar
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1 comment
Dr. Allan Hawryluk
Dr. Markzar, I think this is true most of the time. Please see my answer below...
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Multiple reasons
Gum recession can cause pain and allow decay - bite can be a cause of ab-fractions which are sometimes referred to as exposed roots.
See a pankey trained dentist or dentist with other bite equillabration training for help with this issue. Orthodontics can also be a factor in gum recession and ab fractions.

In brief: Multiple reasons
Gum recession can cause pain and allow decay - bite can be a cause of ab-fractions which are sometimes referred to as exposed roots.
See a pankey trained dentist or dentist with other bite equillabration training for help with this issue. Orthodontics can also be a factor in gum recession and ab fractions.
Dr. James Wright
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In brief: Why at your age
You are too young to have exposed roots unless you used too hard of a toothbrush and cut the gum and teeth.
Have a Dentist check you determine your particular problem and a solution before you get older and suffer the long term consequences.

In brief: Why at your age
You are too young to have exposed roots unless you used too hard of a toothbrush and cut the gum and teeth.
Have a Dentist check you determine your particular problem and a solution before you get older and suffer the long term consequences.
Dr. Douglas Tavenner
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