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Tooth Resorption in Dogs


Normally, teeth are maintained by a balance between body cells that are depositing tooth structure and cells that are removing tooth structure. Resorptive lesions develop whenever the cells removing tooth material become more active than those forming tooth material. The result is a gradual eating away of the tooth. In dogs, this can happen due to some prior injury to a tooth but, with aging, it can be a generalized process affecting many teeth. The problem can develop internally inside the crown or deep below the gum line in the roots. The fact that this loss of tooth structure is frequently occurring internally or below the gum line and “out of sight”, makes early detection difficult.  Most often, it is not discovered until severe damage has already occurred.


Most affected teeth must be extracted. The extraction process can be complicated since a resorbing tooth has usually become fused to the bone of the tooth socket. Lesions that are superficial and not yet into the pulp can be restored (filled). Unfortunately, experience has taught us that the resorption process usually continues despite our attempts at restoration.

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