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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 161-164

Management of external cervical resorption using mineral trioxide aggregate

1 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, A.M.E's Dental College, Hospital and Research Centre, Raichur, India
2 Consultant Endodontist, ACPM Dental College and Hospital, Dhule, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, ACPM Dental College and Hospital, Dhule, Maharashtra, India

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Badami Vijetha
A.M.E's Dental College, Hospital and Research Centre, Bejengere Road, Raichur-584103, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-6944.111179

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External cervical resorption (ECR) is a relatively uncommon form of external root resorption, which may occur in any tooth in the permanent dentition. It is not well-understood or well-known in the dental community. Characterized by its cervical location and invasive nature, this resorptive process leads to progressive and usually destructive loss of the tooth structure. It is often misdiagnosed, leading to improper treatment or unnecessary loss of the tooth. This article describes a case report of ECR and its management. The salient features were a large resorptive defect and localized fibrous growth located on the cervicopalatal aspect of maxillary right central incisor. Treatment included root canal therapy, surgical exploration, and restoration of the defect with mineral trioxide aggregate. The 1-year follow-up shows patient's tooth was asymptomatic and there was no evidence of progression of the resorptive process. Proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment are the keys to a successful outcome in the management of ECR.

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