The purpose of this study was to compare the biocompatibility of two types of calcium hydroxide paste in subcutaneous tissue in rat. Twenty-two Wistar rats were divided into 4 experimental (n=5 each) and one control (n=2) group. A polyethylene tube filled with either Dentsply or Sure-Paste was implanted in each rat in the experimental groups, while an empty polyethylene tube was used in the control group. After 15 or 60 days, the animals were sacrificed and histopathological examination carried out. Tissue reaction was assessed by inflammatory cell infiltration using a 4-point scoring system, ranging from 0 to 3. Data were analyzed with the Kruskal-Wallis, Wilcoxon, and McNemar tests. Both types of paste induced an inflammatory response at each time point, although the intensity varied. A significant reduction in the number of inflammatory cells was observed at 60 days. Dentsply appeared to induce a more marked inflammatory response at both time points, although the difference was not significant. These results suggest that both types of paste are biocompatible with subcutaneous tissue in rat.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of the cross-sectional form and area of the connector on fracture resistance in three-unit zirconia fixed partial denture (FPD) frameworks for the upper anterior region. Sixty FPD framework specimens were fabricated using the CAD/CAM system. The cross-sectional form (Type I, II, or III) and area (9.0, 7.0, 5.0, or 3.0 mm2) of the connectors differed. The specimens were fixed to a jig capable of applying a load axially to the abutment teeth at an angle of 135 degrees. Each specimen was subjected to fracture load measurements using a universal testing machine and cross-sectional microscopic examination. Fracture load fell significantly with a decrease in cross-sectional area (p <0.01). In terms of cross-sectional form, an isosceles triangle with a gingival base yielded the highest fracture load. These results suggest that the connector of a three-unit zirconia-based FPD framework for the upper anterior region should be triangular, have a gingival base, sufficient height in the loading direction, and a cross-sectional area of >5.0 mm2.
Change in oral function was evaluated longitudinally in elderly persons participating in an Exercises for Healthy Oral Function program implemented as part of the Long-Term Care Prevention Project. The participants comprised high-risk and healthy persons aged 65 yr or over. A questionnaire was used to classify them into two groups (‘every day or sometimes’ or ‘rarely’) at the end of the study for a comparison of change in repetitive saliva swallowing test (RSST) scores and oral diadochokinesis between 3 time points: at before, at immediately after, and at 1 yr after completion of the program. The average RSST score showed a decrease at 1 yr after intervention, but the difference was not statistically significant. Oral diadochokinesis showed a significant increase for all syllables upon completion of the program compared with at the beginning. This was followed by a significant decrease at 1 yr later compared with at the time of completion in the ‘rarely’ group for all syllables, but not in the ‘every day or sometimes’ group. In addition, the number of repetitions was significantly lower in the ‘rarely’ group than in the ‘every day or sometimes’ group for all syllables at 1 yr after completion. The results of the present study suggest that Long-Term Care Prevention Projects are necessary to maintain and improve oral function.
Taurodontism is a developmental tooth disorder characterized by lack of constriction in the cementoenamel junction and consequent vertical stretch of the pulp chamber, accompanied by apical displacement of the pulpal floor. The endodontic treatment of teeth with this type of morpho-anatomical anomaly is challenging. The purpose of this article is to report the successful endodontic treatment of a hypertaurodontic mandibular molar using a reciprocating single-file system.
Here we report a case of Kussmaul’s disease, or sialodochitis fibrinosa. This rare disease is characterized by recurrent swelling of the salivary glands, which then discharge clots of fibrin into the oral cavity. An 80-year-old man with a history of allergic rhinitis visited our department with the chief complaint of pain in the bilateral parotid gland area on eating. An initial examination revealed mild swelling and tenderness in this region, and indurations could be felt around the bilateral parotid papillae. Pressure on the parotid glands induced discharge of gelatinous plugs from the parotid papillae. No pus was discharged, and there were no palpable hard objects. Panoramic X-ray showed no obvious focus of dental infection, and there was no calcification in the parotid gland region. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed segmental dilatation of the main ducts of both parotid ducts, with no signs of displacement due to sialoliths or tumors, or of abnormal saliva leakage. Two courses of antibiotic therapy resulted in no improvement. During treatment, gelatinous plugs (fibrin clots) obstructing the left parotid duct were dislodged by massage, which prevented further blockage by encouraging salivary outflow. The obstruction persisted in the right parotid duct, however. Therefore, the distal portion of the right parotid duct was partially resected and the opening into the mouth enlarged, which, in combination with massage, prevented further obstruction. The pain and swelling of the parotid gland and discharge of gelatinous plugs improved, with no further recurrence at 12 months postoperatively. This case is presented along with a review of the relevant literature.
We report a case of generalized chronic periodontitis and type 2 diabetes mellitus requiring periodontal treatment including regenerative therapy. The patient was a 66-year-old man who presented with the chief complaint of gingival inflammation and mobile teeth in the molar region. He had been being treated for type 2 diabetes mellitus since 1999. His glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) level was 7.8%. An initial examination revealed sites with a probing depth of ≥7 mm in the molar region, and radiography revealed angular bone defects in this area. Based on a clinical diagnosis of generalized chronic periodontitis, the patient underwent initial periodontal therapy. An improvement was observed in periodontal conditions on reevaluation, and his HbA1c level showed a reduction to 6.9%. Periodontal regenerative therapy with enamel matrix derivative was then performed on #16, 26, and 27. Following another reevaluation, a removable partial denture was fabricated for #47 and the patient placed on supportive periodontal therapy (SPT). To date, periodontal conditions have remained stable and the patient’s HbA1c level has increased to 7.5% during SPT. The results show the importance of collaboration between dentist and physician in managing periodontal and diabetic conditions in such patients.
Here we report a case of generalized aggressive periodontitis treated with periodontal therapy including adjunct antimicrobial therapy and periodontal surgery. The patient was a 22-year-old woman who presented with the chief complaint of gingival recession. Baseline examination revealed generalized plaque deposition and gingival inflammation. Thirty-nine percent of the sites had a probing depth (PD) of 4–6 mm and 2% a PD of ≥7 mm; 63% exhibited bleeding on probing (BOP). Radiographic examination revealed vertical bone loss in the molars and horizontal bone loss in other teeth. Microbiological examination of subgingival plaque revealed the presence of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans and Tannerella forsythia. Oral health-related quality of life was assessed as a measure of patient-reported outcome. Based on a clinical diagnosis of generalized aggressive periodontitis, initial periodontal therapy and adjunct antimicrobial therapy were implemented. After reducing inflammation and subgingival bacteria, open flap debridement was performed for teeth with a PD of ≥4 mm. Reevaluation showed no sites with a PD of ≥5 mm, a minimal level of BOP, and a marked reduction in the level of the targeted periodontal pathogens. The patient’s oral health-related quality of life was slightly worsened during supportive periodontal therapy (SPT). Implementation of adjunct antimicrobial therapy targeting periodontal pathogens and subsequent periodontal surgery resulted in improvement in periodontal and microbiological parameters. This improvement has been adequately maintained over a 2-year period. However, additional care is necessary to further improve the patient’s oral health-related quality of life during SPT.