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caries of the root surface of a tooth, usually appearing as a broad shallow defect in the area of the cementoenamel junction.
decay in the dentine and/or the cementum of a tooth.
Caries on the root of a tooth. The root is more susceptible to decay than the rest of the tooth due to the lack of an enamel covering, difficulty in maintaining a clean root surface, and the lack of effective preventive therapies.
See also: caries
root car·ies(rūt karēz)
Caries of root surface of a tooth, usually appearing as a broad shallow defect in area of cementoenamel junction.