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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-53

Management of immature teeth with apical infections using mineral trioxide aggregate

Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Chinthareddypalem, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Sivakumar Nuvvula
Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Chinthareddypalem, Nellore - 524 002, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-237X.62523

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Traumatic injuries to the young permanent teeth lead to devitalization of the pulp with concomitant arrest in further development of the immature root of the involved tooth. Hermetic seal of the root canal system during obturation is not possible in such cases, due to the lack of an apical constriction. The traditional management technique in such cases has been apexification involving induction of a calcific barrier at the apex using calcium hydroxide, which in turn facilitates obturation of the root canal. However this becomes complicated when there is persistent infection leading to periapical changes. This case report describes the use of mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) for management of a periapically compromised immature tooth.

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