Once the inner or outer layer of a tooth deteriorates, your body may start the process of resorption – when the body absorbs damaged tissue. Without treatment, the tooth can continue to weaken and become more prone to injury, cavities and infection. However, your dentist has some treatment options.


Key takeaways:

- Root canal therapy may be used to remove damaged or infected tissue from the inner tooth.
- Gum surgery and fillings are sometimes needed to repair minor tooth and root resorption.
- Once a tooth has been treated, a dental crown may be used to restore a tooth and prolong its life.

Extraction of a tooth is usually the last resort. As symptoms are not always obvious, it is important to maintain regular check-ups with your dentist to monitor your oral health and to have X-rays if necessary to maintain your beautiful smile.

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