Prognosis of luxated non-vital maxillary incisors treated with calcium hydroxide and filled with gutta-percha. A retrospective clinical study

Endod Dent Traumatol. 1992 Apr;8(2):45-55. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-9657.1992.tb00228.x.


A material of 885 luxated, non-vital incisors was evaluated radiographically with respect to healing of periodontal tissues including inflammatory root resorption and occurrence of ankylosis and cervical root fractures. The results were assessed after completion of calcium hydroxide treatment and 4 years after filling of the root canal with gutta-percha. After treatment with calcium hydroxide, periapical healing occurred in 95% of the teeth. Four years after filling with gutta-percha, periapical healing was present in 91% of the teeth. In the remaining teeth, recurrent or persistent periapical radiolucency was more frequent in overfilled than adequately filled teeth (P = 0.0001). There was no difference between immature and mature teeth. Inflammatory root resorption healed in 192 of 197 teeth (97%); in 5 teeth it developed into ankylosis. Ankylosis occurred in 13 teeth, all of which were intruded into the alveolar bone at the time of injury. The frequency of cervical root fractures was markedly higher in immature than mature teeth (P greater than 0.0001). Among immature teeth, the frequency of fractures was dependent on the stage of root development (chi 2 = 31.6) and ranged from 77% in teeth with the least to 28% in teeth with the most developed roots. The frequency of fractures was also related to the defects after healing of inflammatory root resorption in the cervical area of the root, significant at P less than 0.0001.

MeSH terms

  • Calcium Hydroxide / therapeutic use*
  • Gutta-Percha*
  • Humans
  • Incisor / injuries*
  • Periapical Tissue
  • Prognosis
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Root Canal Obturation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Root Resorption / complications
  • Tooth Avulsion / therapy*
  • Tooth Fractures / etiology*
  • Tooth Root / growth & development
  • Tooth Root / injuries
  • Wound Healing


  • Gutta-Percha
  • Calcium Hydroxide