Nonsurgical endodontic treatments in molar teeth with large periapical lesions in children: 2-year follow-up

Kusgoz A., YILDIRIM S., Gokalp A.

ORAL SURGERY ORAL MEDICINE ORAL PATHOLOGY ORAL RADIOLOGY AND ENDODONTOLOGY, vol.104, no.1, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Profound caries lesions may lead to invasion of microorganisms to the dental pulp, and periapical areas can promote the development of dentoalveolar abscess and periapical bone loss. Treatment options to manage large periapical lesions range from nonsurgical root canal treatment and/ or apical surgical procedure to extraction. Young molar teeth with pulp necrosis and large periapical lesions in children are frequently treated with root canal treatment because the therapy is more difficult in multirooted teeth. In these case reports, nonsurgical endodontic treatments performed on 6 molar teeth with large periapical lesions, by repeated intracanal dressing with calcium hydroxide, are presented. Radiographs displayed significant bony healing at the end of the second year. In conclusion, large periapical lesions can respond favorably to nonsurgical treatment, and complex and difficult endodontic treatments in children might not be required.