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My dentist tells me my tooth is eating itself from the outside.

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My dentist tells me my tooth is "eating" itself from the outside. He said this occurrence is usually from the inside. What is the name of this condition? Can I prevent it/stop it? Will my other teeth follow suit?

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Great question, let me help you.

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This is called External Resorption

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It is called an idiopathic condition, which means nobody knows the reason teeth do this

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This is a rare condition, so there is not much research on it

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Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to stop External Resorption b/c it is your body attacking itself (the tooth).

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This tooth will eventually have to be removed

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There is no evidence that since one tooth has it, others will too

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So it is unlikely that other teeth will follow suit

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I'm sorry you are going through this, and I wish I had a "silver bullet" cure, but unfortunately it is a rare condition that cannot be stopped

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Thanks in advance for clicking accept

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