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Root that Does Not Belong



In a trational exam and x-ray near tooth # 17 a root that should not be nor is attached to any tooth was shown it almost looks like it touches the jaw bone. My son is almost 12 years old. What is this and what is the treatment. Thank-you


It is difficult to give a diagnosis based on this information alone. It is not uncommon for roots of baby teeth to be seen in between adult teeth. However, this is a little far back for a baby tooth. A dentist would best be able to tell you if it is a broken root from another tooth, or possibly an area of bony growth.

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Sarath  Thikkurissy, DDS, MS Sarath Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
Director, Residency Program, Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati