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My 12 year old daughter had x-rays taken today and it was discovered her
#10 adult incisor is the victim of root resorption due to pressure from the tooth behind it. She got her phase one braces off almost a year ago and up to that point was seeing a dentist twice a year. Nothing was ever said about the possibility of root resorption. I know this didn't happen over night and, according to many web sites on the subject, this should take about 3 years to occur.  Shouldn't this have been caught sooner since we had been seeing both an orthodontist as well as a dentist, both of which love to take x-rays?

Dear Paul,

You should have a discussion with your orthodontist.  Unfortunately, there are risks to every dental procedure even if it's done with 100% precision and in orthodontics, root resorption is one of them.  That said, if the root resorption is evident in the orthodontist's follow-up panoramic images, the treatment should have been modified accordingly to minimize further complications.



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I am a board-certified periodontist and an expert on dental implants. I am currently in private practice at Better Living through Dentistry. I can answer questions related to the treatment of periodontitis (gum disease), dental implants, sinus lifts, bone grafts and gum grafts.


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