Internal Resorption

Updated: Apr 10, 2019

Resorptive lesions occur in teeth on rare occasions. Although one possible cause is trauma, not all people recall having such an event prior to the lesions appearing. Regardless of cause, these types of lesions are difficult to contain/treat and often times lead to extraction. The tooth below developed a resorptive lesion which in this case appears as a dark region within the inside of the tooth. This particular tooth already had a root canal and the lesion was not accessible to be restored. Unfortunately the tooth required extraction.

Lower right first molar with internal resorption that required extraction of the tooth

Once extracted, the socket was debrided/disinfected and allowed to heal naturally without any bone grafting. Below is a picture of the new gum tissue grown over where the tooth used to be followed by an xray of the region where the tooth used to be. Notice the healthy pink tone to the gums and the dense bone fill of the socket, all done naturally without introducing any foreign material.

Healthy gum tissue healed over the region where the tooth was extracted

Xray of same site four months after extraction showing dense natural bone fill of the extraction socket

Implant surgery is done without any incisions which reduces pain, risk of infection and causes almost no swelling. The below image is the top of the implant showing almost no bleeding immediately after the surgery.

Immediate post operative view of the dental implant

Immediate post operative xray of implant

The implant has been placed in the ideal position and will heal over the next eight weeks prior to having the final crown made.

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