Long-term follow-up of cases considered healed one year after apical microsurgery

J Endod. 2002 May;28(5):378-83. doi: 10.1097/00004770-200205000-00008.


A previous report demonstrated 96.8% healing within 1 yr after apical surgery was performed with the surgical operating microscope and Super-EBA as the root-end filling material. The purpose of this paper is to report on the long-term follow-up of those cases that were considered healed at the short term. Clinical examinations were made and radiographs were evaluated 5 to 7 yr after the case had first been considered healed. Criteria for determining healed cases were the same as those used in the first report. Of the 59 roots evaluated, 54 (91.5%) remained healed, whereas 5 (8.5%) showed evidence of apical deterioration.

MeSH terms

  • Dental Pulp Diseases / classification
  • Dental Pulp Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Dental Pulp Diseases / surgery
  • Dental Restoration Failure*
  • Dentin-Bonding Agents
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Microsurgery
  • Radiography
  • Recurrence
  • Retrograde Obturation / methods
  • Retrograde Obturation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Root Canal Filling Materials


  • Dentin-Bonding Agents
  • Root Canal Filling Materials
  • Super EBA