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20 April 2024 : Case report  Saudi Arabia

Successful Healing of Periapical Pathology with Partial Pulpotomy in a Mature Permanent Molar: A Case Report

Unusual or unexpected effect of treatment

Majd B. Alsharif ORCID logo1ABDEF*

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.942937

Am J Case Rep 2024; 25:e942937



BACKGROUND: Vital pulp therapy approaches are preferred over non-surgical root canal treatment, giving the advantage of preserving the vitality of the dental pulp and thus maintaining its benefits. Such approaches can be performed in teeth having normal apical area; however, performing vital pulp therapy approaches in teeth associated with periapical pathology remains controversial.

CASE REPORT: We present a case of a mature mandibular right first permanent molar tooth in a medically fit 10-year-old female diagnosed as asymptomatic irreversible pulpitis with asymptomatic apical periodontitis with periapical radiolucency having a periapical index (PAI) score of 4. Partial pulpotomy was performed instead of non-surgical root canal treatment due to uncooperativeness of the patient. Biodentine was used as a pulp capping material. The tooth was restored with resin composite permanent restoration. Six months after the procedure, an intraoral periapical radiograph revealed normal bone features with complete periapical pathology healing and development of intact lamina dura around the mesial and distal roots. The tooth responded normal to electric pulp testing (EPT), cold, percussion, and palpation tests.

CONCLUSIONS: Periapical pathology involvement having large periapical radiolucency exhibiting PAI score 4 in inflamed dental pulp tooth diagnosed as irreversible pulpitis does not necessitate non-surgical root canal treatment. Partial pulpotomy should be considered as an alternative treatment to promote the return dental pulp and periapical tissue to a healthy condition. Considering a similar approach in older patients would be interesting to gain a more comprehensive understanding of its potential as a treatment method.

Keywords: case reports, Periapical Periodontitis, Pulpitis, Pulpotomy, Tooth

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American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923
American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923