Root caries and it's management- a review

Godlin Jeneta J and Sandhya

Root caries is a lesion located on the root surface of a tooth, usually close to or below the gingival margin. Root caries may or may not be cavitated, showing a continuum of clinical symptoms from a small, slightly softened and discoloured area to an extensive, yellow-brown, soft or hard area that encircles the entire root surface. Some of the common factors leading to root caries are xerostomia, gingival recession, primary tooth caries, recurrent caries, erosion, abfraction, malocclusion and diabetes. There are several methods to manage root caries. It involves conventional methods and atraumatic restorative treatment. There are also many prevention treatment to reverse root caries.

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