Radiographic evaluation of the prevalence of root resorption in a middle eastern population

Igor Tsesis*, Zvi Fuss, Ester Rosenberg, Shlomo Taicher

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Objective: To evaluate radiographically the prevalence of various types of root resorption in different tooth groups in a Middle Eastern population. Method and Materials: Fullmouth radiographs of 712 patients (19,072 teeth) were evaluated for the presence of root resorption. Two observers evaluated each tooth from at least 2 radiographic projections on periapical films. Results: Teeth exhibiting root resorption were found in 205 radiographs (28.8%). The most common form of resorption was pulpal infection (71.2%), mainly in mandibular molars (P < .01) and in patients 45 years and older (P < .005). Orthodontic pressure resorption was detected in 14.6% of root resorption cases, mainly in maxillary incisors (P < .01). Impacted tooth or tumor pressure resorption was observed in 10.2% of all cases of resorption, mainly in mandibular molars (P < .01), and periodontal infection resorption was identified in 3.9% of all resorption cases in all tooth groups (P > .05). Ankylotic resorption was not found in this survey. Conclusion: The most common types of root resorption in the general population were pulpal infection-related root resorption, orthodontic pressure root resorption, and impacted tooth pressure resorption. It is probable that most are unrelated to traumatic injuries of the teeth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e40-e44
JournalQuintessence International
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2008


  • Radiographic survey
  • Root resorption


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