This case report describes intratubular biomineralization in root canal, filled with calcium-enriched material after 8 years of clinical maintenance. The schematic findings of dentinal tubules were investigated with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The root canal obturation material was closely adapted to root dentin surface, suggesting the possibility of chemical bonding between the two interfaces. SEM and EDS observation of dentinal tubules showed intratubular biomineralized crystal structures with Ca/P ratio in a range of 1.30-2.12, suggesting bioactive capacity of calcium-enriched material.
Keywords: biomineralization; calcium-deficient hydroxyapatite; calcium-enriched material; dentinal tubule; energy dispersive spectroscopy; scanning electron microscopy.