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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 158-160  

Endo-restorative management of a type II dens invaginatus in mandibular premolar associated with a large cyst

1 Department of Conservative Dentistry, Goa Dental College and Hospital, Bambolim, Goa, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology, Goa Dental College and Hospital, Bambolim, Goa, India
3 Department of Prosthodontics, Goa Dental College and Hospital, Bambolim, Goa, India

Date of Web Publication24-Apr-2017

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DOI: 10.4103/ccd.ccd_1123_16

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We present the management of a case of Type II dens invaginatus in a mandibular premolar with a large invagination in the coronal third of the root on mesial aspect of the crown in proximity of cementoenamel junction significantly compromising the strength of the crown structure. We describe in detail the various measures taken to assess the internal tooth structure destruction and enhance the fracture resistance of the involved premolar. The case has a long-term follow-up of 36 months showing clinical and radiographic signs of healing. We highlight use of a simple “foil coated fiber postblocker technique” for root reinforcement in the first premolar. Successful management of teeth with dens invaginatus can be effectively done using with careful treatment planning and selection of reinforcing adhesive restorative materials.

Keywords: Foil coated fiber postblocker, root reinforcement, Type II dens invaginatus

How to cite this article:
Borkar S, Dhupar A, Parab M. Endo-restorative management of a type II dens invaginatus in mandibular premolar associated with a large cyst. Contemp Clin Dent 2017;8:158-60

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Borkar S, Dhupar A, Parab M. Endo-restorative management of a type II dens invaginatus in mandibular premolar associated with a large cyst. Contemp Clin Dent [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Aug 6];8:158-60. Available from:

   Introduction Top

Dens invaginatus is a dental anomaly caused by in-folding of the inner enamel epithelium before the calcification stage during tooth formation. The occurrence of this anomaly in mandibular premolar has been reported in very few cases.[1],[2],[3],[4] Dens invaginatus has been classified into three types:[5] Type I (a minor enamel lined invagination that is restricted within the crown of the tooth), Type II (invagination extending beyond the CEJ, it may or may not communicate with the pulp and does not communicate with the periradicular tissue), and Type III (invagination extending beyond the CEJ penetrating the root and exhibiting a second foramina in the apical third within the periradicular tissue). If the main pulp chamber is involved, endodontic treatment of both main chamber and invagination is indicated to close all portals of exit and allow healing.[6] We present a case of Type II dens Invaginatus in a mandibular premolar with open apex associated with a large cyst.

   Case Report Top

A 30-year-old female patient reported with the chief complaint of a painless swelling in her lower left jaw in the molar region. On external examination, a small, firm, slightly tender swelling was noted on left side of the face. The mandibular first premolar had a slightly greater mesiodistal width, normal color, normal gingival tissues, and probing depth [Figure 1]a. Pulp testing revealed nonvital response in mandibular left first premolar, second premolar, and first molar. Radiographic examination [Figure 1]c and [Figure 1]d showed an extensive multilocular radiolucency causing severe hollowing out and weakening of the body of the mandible. A Type II dens invaginatus was observed in 34 [Figure 1]b. Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) examination [Figure 1]e,[Figure 1]f,[Figure 1]g revealed a complex invagination in coronal third of first premolar on mesiolingual aspect close to the external root surface. The incisional biopsy tissue and cystic fluid examination confirmed the diagnosis of an infected radicular cyst of endodontic origin.
Figure 1: Preoperative images: (a) Intraoral, (b) Type II dens invaginatus in 34, (c) occlusal radiograph showing (d) panoramic radiograph, (e) axial view in cone-beam computed tomography image, (f) three-dimensional reconstruction of mandible, and (g) coronal cone-beam computed tomography section

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Figure 2: Cone-beam computed tomography imaging of 34 (a-c) serial axial views (d) radiograph shows initial access attempted to preserve mesial tooth structure (e-h) serial sagittal views. Red arrow shows thin root structure wall of root surface

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Treatment plan consisted of endodontic treatment of the involved teeth and surgical excision of the cystic lesion. Cleaning and shaping of 35 and 36 was done with crown down technique 5.25% sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) as irrigant and obturated with cold lateral condensation [Figure 3]f.
Figure 3: (a) Working length, (b) mineral trioxide aggregate apical plug, (c) fiber postcoated with foil, (d) fiber reinforced composite build up, (e and f) postobturation intraoral periapical, (g and h) 6 months recall, (i) metal ceramic crowns placement, (j) 3 years recall radiograph

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Elimination of the dead pulp space in the invaginated mandibular premolar [Figure 3]a resulted in significant weakening of the remaining root. The apical third was prepared with circumferential filing with 40 H file using 2% chlorhexidine (CHX-Plus, Inter-Med/Vista Dental Products, Racine, WI, USA) and saline as irrigant. Mineral trioxide aggregate was placed in the apical third using sonic activation (EndoActivator, Dentsply Maillefer, Switzerland) and temporized [Figure 3]b. At the subsequent visit, cleaning and shaping of the middle and coronal third of the canal was done with circumferential filing with H file using 5.25% NaOCl as an irrigant activated with an EndoActivator. The canal was flushed with distilled water. Radix fiber post no. 5 (Radix Fiber Post, Dentsply Maillefer), covered with aluminum foil and held passively in the center of the canal with locking tweezers [Figure 3]c. The remainder of the canal was incrementally filled with fiber reinforced composite resin (EverX Posterior, Unitip, Member of GC, Turku, Finland), and cured for 60 s with a halogen curing light to prepare a custom postspace. The aluminum foil from the post was removed and post was cleaned with alcohol, a single coat of primer was applied and gently air dried for 5 s, and the post was light cured for 20 s outside the mouth. Post was luted with Calibra resin cement (Dentsply Caulk, Milford, DE, USA). The bonding agent and resin cement were light cured for 60 s through the post [Figure 3]d and [Figure 3]e.

The cystic enucleation was carried out under general anesthesia. 20 ml blood was drawn for making platelet rich fibrin (PRF) in the laboratory. A full thickness mucogingival flap was raised, cyst was enucleated carefully, and the lining was sent for histopathologic examination. The large cystic cavity was filled with a mixture of NovaBone mixed with PRF and flap was repositioned with interrupted silk sutures. The patient was administered antibiotics and recalled after 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months. Six-month follow-up showed significant healing of the periapical lesion [Figure 3]g and [Figure 3]h. The endodontically treated teeth were asymptomatic and restored with metal ceramic crowns [Figure 3]i. Recall at 3 years shows excellent healing of the periapical lesion and asymptomatic involved teeth with no evidence of any root fracture [Figure 3]j.

   Discussion Top

The endodontic treatment of teeth with dens invaginatus in this case was greatly assisted by the multi-planar CBCT examination of the tooth and cystic lesion. The main challenges in this case were (a) presence of invagination close to the external root surface compromising the strength of the tooth, (b) presence of large open apex which negated the use of high strength hypochlorite, and (c) large size of the cyst. Teeth with large pulp canals, thinner roots need to be reinforced to allow long-term retention of the tooth without fracture. This was achieved using a composite resin core with a fiber post of a large diameter to reduce stress in the remaining radicular tooth.[7],[8] Fiber posts are anisotropic and have a modulus of elasticity similar to that of dentin which allows the post to flex slightly with the toot, dissipate stress reducing likelihood of damage to root and prevention of crack propagation through the filling, and decreased polymerization shrinkage.[9],[10],[11]

For restoration of the cystic cavity, NovaBone graft particles provide a scaffolding base on which the PRF allows enhanced availability of growth factors for hard tissue regeneration providing a favorable physiologic structure to support healing.[12]

   Conclusion Top

Successful management of teeth with dens invaginatus weakened during endodontic treatment can be effectively done using with careful treatment planning and selection of reinforcing adhesive restorative materials.

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