Q. Are my retainers making my short roots worse?

Answered by
Dr. Divya Banu M
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Mar 03, 2018

Hello doctor,

So, I just got back from the dentist today but my dentist did not give me a chance to ask further questions today, she just said I have short roots and left. I suppose she was in a rush? Not to mention she discovered four cavities under sealants I have had in the past. I have been here checking online about short roots and making myself paranoid. I wish I had a picture of my X-rays from today to make this more clear. But my main concerns are just does this have anything to do with root resorption and are my retainers making my short roots worse? I have not had braces since I was 14 and I have always worn my retainers since. I cannot sleep without them. But are my retainers causing my short roots more stress? And can this lead to root resorption?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand how you feel. But, root resorption occurs in deciduous teeth prior to shedding. In permanent teeth, root resorption occurs during pathology/disease.

Regarding the cavities, if it is not near to pulp (blood vessel of the tooth), you can get it filled. There is nothing to worry about short roots.

If the cavity is near the pulp, you will have to go for a root canal and again short roots will not create a problem with that but the crown placement might be affected.

Yes, orthodontic treatment causes mild tooth resorption for tooth movement but is compensated and retainers will not cause much of root resorption.

You may genetically or developmentally have short roots. Nothing to worry much, if there is no pathology, problem or mobility.

I would suggest you remove the retainers at night as the tissues need some rest (eight hours).

I hope I have answered your doubt. If you want, you can add up further details like which tooth or any other symptoms associated with it, like pain or sensitivity or swelling, etc., in detail.

For more information consult a dentist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dentist

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