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External Cervical Resorption: A Case Report and Brief Review of the Literature, and Treatment Algorithms

Mohammed Howait, Marwa Shaker, Haila Aljuhani, Manar AlMohnna

Keywords : Apical periodontitis, External cervical resorption, Periapical lesion, Root resorption

Citation Information : Howait M, Shaker M, Aljuhani H, AlMohnna M. External Cervical Resorption: A Case Report and Brief Review of the Literature, and Treatment Algorithms. J Contemp Dent Pract 2021; 22 (3):298-303.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-3013

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 27-01-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Aim: This report presents a case of external cervical resorption and illustrates the effects of a non-surgical approach in the amelioration of this condition and discusses the etiology, classifications, and treatment options. Background: One of the most common root resorption forms is external cervical resorption, which initiates in the cervical area of the tooth and spreads out in the thickness of the dentin in an irregular way. This resorptive process may spread across the dentin leading to significant loss of tooth structure, with or without pulp involvement. Case description: During a routine radiographic examination of a 25-year-old female patient, external cervical resorption in a maxillary right second premolar was discovered. Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) confirmed the extension of the lesion into the pulp and the need for root canal treatment. The defect was sealed with bioceramic putty. One year CBCT follow-up demonstrated the cessation of the resorption site with no clinical symptoms. Conclusion: CBCT examination and combining non-surgical root canal treatment with non-surgical repair using bioceramic putty was an effective treatment option. Clinical significance: Treatment selection of external cervical resorption depends on many factors, including the location and severity of the resorptive defect and the remaining tooth structure. If the resorptive defect has extended to the pulp, the management involves root canal treatment and subsequent placement of a direct restoration to restore the resorptive lesion.

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