Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

: 2015  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 130--133

Intraradicular rehabilitation of upper central incisors

Mandeep Duarah, N Vimala, Lalitagauri Mandke 
 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Padmashree Dr. DY Patil Dental College, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Duarah M, Vimala N, Mandke L. Intraradicular rehabilitation of upper central incisors .Saint Int Dent J 2015;1:130-133

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One of the main aims of root canal treatment is to completely fill the root canal system to prevent re-infection. Teeth where there is incomplete root development as a result of pulp necrosis through trauma or caries, the absence of a natural constriction at the end of the root canal makes control of filling materials difficult. Because of the absence of an apical constriction, apexification has been advocated as an alternative to standard root canal treatment.

Apexification can be defined as a "method to induce a calcified barrier in a root with an open apex or the continued apical development of teeth with incomplete root and a necrotic pulp." [1]

 Case Report

A 31-year-old male patient with a noncontributory medical history reported to the Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics complaining of the discolored prosthesis in his upper front tooth region. Oral examination revealed faulty prosthesis and excessive loss of coronal tooth structure with labial perforation in relation to 11, 21 [Figure 1].{Figure 1}

Radiographic findings showed incompletely condensed Gutta-percha in 11, 21 with periapical radiolucency suggestive of chronic periapical periodontitis [Figure 2].{Figure 2}

Cone beam computed tomography findings showed internal and external resorption in relation to 11, 21 with periapical periodontitis [Figure 3].{Figure 3}

In the first visit, the access cavity was re-opened in relation to tooth 11 and 21. Improperly condensed Gutta-percha was removed from both the teeth using peeso reamer size #1 and #2, RC solve (prime dental product) and H-files size #20 and #25 [Figure 4].{Figure 4}

Working length for both the teeth was established using radiographic method [Figure 5]. Biomechanical preparation was carried out using 80-size k-file in circumferential manner using the conventional technique. Both the canals (11 and 21) were disinfected using 5% sodium hypochlorite and normal saline. An intracanal medicament, calcium hydroxide (RC Cal [prime dental product]) was placed in both the canals after drying the canals with paper points, and the patient was recalled every week for the next 2 weeks. Access cavity was sealed with zinc oxide eugenol cement.{Figure 5}

Calcium hydroxide dressings were repeated for two more sittings until there was no exudate from the canals. Calcium hydroxide was flushed out of the canal using 5% sodium hypochlorite and normal saline, and then the canals were dried using paper points. Apexification with mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) was planned.

PRO ROOT ® MTA (Dentsply/Tulsa Dental, Tulsa, OK) was mixed according to manufacturer's protocol and carried to the apical area with an Amalgam carrier. MTA was positioned precisely at the foramen with the help of a customized thick Gutta-percha cone, which was tightened 2 mm shorter than the working length; it was used as a verifier and also as an MTA plugger. The thickness of the apical plug was 7 mm [Figure 6].{Figure 6}

The extension of the apical plug was verified radiographically. A moist cotton pellet with sterile water was then placed in the pulp chamber, and the access cavity was closed with zinc oxide eugenol temporary filling material.

After a week, zinc oxide eugenol and cotton pellet were removed, and the setting of MTA was gently tested. The canals were reinforced with a fiber post. PARACORE ® (Coltene/Whaledent) was used to lute the posts to the canal wall. A tertiary monoblock (three interfaces) was formed in the root canals. Core was built with composite resin [Figure 7] and [Figure 8].{Figure 7}{Figure 8}


The most common sequelae of pulp necrosis are periapical lesion either due to carious involvement or trauma. Treatment options to manage a large periapical lesion with an open apex vary from nonsurgical root canal treatment and/or apical surgery to extraction. Complete removal of debris from the root canal and periapical tissue is not always possible, hence dressing with chemical medicament has been considered as one of the most important steps to obtain and maintain sterile root canal after mechanical instrumentation before root canal onturation.

Current philosophy includes use of nonsurgical root canal treatment. The duration of the therapy in classic apexification technique with calcium hydroxide is too long, which is from 3 to 21 months. [2]

MTA appear to show superior sealing ability, [3] good marginal adaptation, [4] a high degree of biocompatibility [5] and a reasonable setting time (approximately 4 h). Obturation of open apex teeth with MTA overcomes the defects of conventional apexification procedures. MTA is nonirritating to periapical tissues, induces the regeneration of cementum and periodontal ligament and also provides an effective seal against dentin and cementum. MTA stimulates the periradicular/periodontal tissue repair. The success rate of apexification with calcium hydroxide is approximately79-96%, MTA demonstrated healed rates of 81-100%. [6]

In vitro testing of Gutta-percha obturations using dye penetration, fluid filtration, or bacterial leakage models shows vulnerability. Bacterial challenges, to exposed Gutta-percha with sealer in various in vitro experimental models have shpwn leakage along the material within 3-30 days. Although Gutta-percha shows many important advantages such as ease of use, handling properties, and biocompatibility, it exhibits inherent weakness that makes it less than ideal. The susceptibility of Gutta-percha to contamination and microleakage has led to the recommendation that sealed coronal material be placed directly after the completion of orthograde root canal treatment when using Gutta-percha.

Endodontically treated teeth which have been subjected to long-term microleakage, and bacterial contamination can show improved healing rates without surgical intervention by using MTA obturation when compared with Gutta-percha re-obturated teeth. Root canal treated teeth that have been obturated with MTA exhibit higher fracture resistance. Long-term placement of MTA in the canal system not only provides increased resistance to fracture, but the strength of the tooth might increase with time. MTA can be used in the presence of moisture in the root canal, this property is especially important in teeth with necrotic pulp and periapical lesions as one of the complications in these cases is the presence of exudate at the apex of the root. However, the application of MTA mixture should be preceded by a temporary calcium hydroxide dressing to limit bacterial contamination. [7]


Taking into account the importance of apical seal, MTA can be considered as an effective material for apical plugging in permanent teeth with open apices with periapical lesions. [2] MTA is found to be superior to calcium hydroxide as the time duration for apical closure is lesser with the former. Single visit apexification with a biocompatible material like MTA is beneficial in the effective management of teeth with open apex.

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