I always wondered how the human organism manages tooth decay if left untreated. After a tooth decays and breaks off, all that remains are the roots, and sometimes a cyst is formed. Assuming lack of dentistry, over the course of years, what will the gum do to the roots? Does it treat it as a foreign body?

I have tried to find any information regarding this question. There are many resources that have plenty information, but I was unable to find information how the body deals with the subject. Or at least I was unable to find it.

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    Hi Vedran, your question fundamentally is interesting, so I fixed the question to be closer to site guidelines. But you didn't refer to the research you've done so far trying to answer your own question, and as a veteran of StackExchange you know that's part of the standards of asking a Q. Please edit and add what you've found.
    – DoctorWhom
    Apr 17, 2018 at 0:18
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    Apr 17, 2018 at 6:28
  • I have edited the question, however still I was unable to find the information on the web.
    – Amiga500
    Apr 17, 2018 at 7:14
  • No, it won't treat it as a foreign body, why would it? Keep in mind that once you have RCT (root canal therapy) the tooth is basically dead. So what's the difference?
    – Fizz
    Apr 17, 2018 at 8:00
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    @VedranMaricevic. That is incorrect. The bacteria causing the decay will be treated as foreign bodies, but the tooth itself will not.
    – Carey Gregory
    Apr 17, 2018 at 18:27


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