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As an endodontist, Dr. Fanny Yacaman specializes in saving teeth with severe damage that would otherwise be extracted. Dr. Yacaman is also an internationally recognized authority and researcher on a condition that is little-known among the general public: root resorption. Dr. Yacaman works closely with prosthodontist Dr. Frank Vidjak. Dr. Vidjak is a leader in restoring tooth structure and other tissues with advanced onsite prosthodontic expertise, technologies, and materials. So, Beverly Hills Advanced Specialties of Dentistry is optimally equipped to help individuals in Southern California and beyond avoid dire consequences like tooth loss.
Affected teeth can last a long time; however, there are many variables. For starters, the process itself may occur over many months or several years. As the term “resorption” suggests, this condition involves the breakdown of mineralized tissue. It can result in a single tooth or many teeth being eroded from the inside out (internal resorption) or from the outside inward (external resorption). This potentially destructive chain of events has been compared to autoimmune disorders; your body may turn against itself and see the tooth as an invader. In turn, the immune system kicks in and mistakenly fights its own healthy cells.
Resorption may be rooted in damage to the teeth caused by orthodontic treatment (the force that is placed on the teeth from systems like braces). Additionally, trauma to the ligaments that attach teeth to the jawbone can lead to root resorption down the road. This initial breakdown of the periodontal ligaments may be triggered by habits like bruxism (chronic teeth grinding).
Fortunately, Drs Yacaman and Vidjak have considerable knowledge and state-of-the-art in-house capabilities to detect resorption and other problems early. Particularly when detected and addressed early into the process, the odds of “saving” the affected teeth are more favorable. Individuals, including many household and familiar names, also travel from across the globe to benefit from Dr. Yacaman’s ability to preserve teeth that other dentists may have thought were “too far gone,” having sustained “irreparable” damage.
Dr. Yacaman underscores that extraction can be an especially harmful proposition among certain types of patients, such as those with cancer and other systemic illnesses. Potentially avoidable tooth extractions can lead to a cascade of complications, beginning with weakening of the jawbone.
Advanced root canal techniques, endodontic therapies, and the application of materials like calcium hydroxide may be recommended instead. These and other materials can be used to both preserve the innermost vital pulp tissue and disinfect the root canal system and are associated with remineralization and antibacterial properties.
Call (310) 861-3955 to schedule an appointment at Beverly Hills Advanced Specialties of Dentistry. Our specialists have determined the nature and pinpointed the underlying source of complex conditions like root resorption among patients near us in Southern CA and much farther afield – from across the country and worldwide.