External cervical resorption: diagnostic and treatment tips

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Edition V21N05 | Year 2016 | Editorial Orthodontic Insight | Pages 19 to 25

Alberto Consolaro

External cervical resorption is caused, almost exclusively, by dental trauma — especially those characterized by concussion — and is a dental disease to be diagnosed and treated accurately by endodontists. However, the vast majority of the cases is initially diagnosed by an orthodontist, due to the imaging possibilities in standardized documentations. Among the causes of external cervical resorption, it is common to mistakenly attribute it to orthodontic treatment, traumatic occlusion or even to chronic inflammatory periodontal disease. External cervical resorption is associated to dental trauma in several situations mentioned in this paper. In old cases, and eventually still nowadays, it may have been induced by internal tooth bleaching, which is increasingly less frequent in endodontically treated teeth. There are some tips to be followed and some care that must be taken during the diagnosis and treatment of external cervical resorption clinical cases. The present study lists foundations that will allow the professional to perform safely and accurately in each specific case. Some of these tips and care measures are of orthodontic nature.

Dental resorption, External cervical resorption, Dental trauma, Concussion,

Consolaro A. External cervical resorption: diagnostic and treatment tips. Dental Press J Orthod. 2016 Sept-Oct;21(5):19-25. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/2177-6709.21.5.019-025.oin

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