|Name of Journal: World Journal of Clinical Cases
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Surgical treatment of cementoblastoma associated with apicoectomy and endodontic therapy: Case report
Costa BC et al. Endodontic and surgical treatment of cementoblastoma
Bernardo Cesar Costa, Guilherme José Pimentel Lopes de Oliveira, Maria das Graças Afonso Miranda Chaves, Renan Roberto da Costa, Mário Francisco Real Gabrielli, Juliane Maria Guerreiro-Tanomaru, Mário Tanomaru-Filho
Bernardo Cesar Costa, Guilherme José Pimentel Lopes de Oliveira, Renan Roberto da Costa, Mário Tanomaru-Filho, Foar-UNESP, Faculdade de Odontologia de Araraquara, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Araraquara, SP 14801-903, Brasil
Author contributions: Costa BC and da Costa RR performed the treatments and collected the patients’ clinical data; Costa BC, de Oliveira GJPL and Tanomaru-Filho M analyzed the data and wrote the paper; all authors contributed to this paper.
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Correspondence to: Mário Tanomaru-Filho, DDS, Foar-UNESP, Faculdade de Odontologia de Araraquara, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Rua Humaitá, 1680, Araraquara, SP 14801-903, Brasil. email@example.com
Received: April 2, 2016
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This case report describes the surgical removal of cementoblastoma associated with apicoectomy and endodontic therapy. The patient, an 18-year-old man, presented pain in the region of the mandibular body on the right side. On clinical exam, bone expansion was observed in the region at the bottom of the vestibular sulcus, pain on palpation, slight extrusion of tooth 46 with presence of pulp vitality. Radiographic exams demonstrated the presence of a radiopaque area and discrete radiolucent halo associated with the root of tooth 46, suggesting the diagnosis of cementoblastoma. Endodontic treatment of tooth 46 was performed and exeresis of the lesion by apicoectomy. Twelve months after the first surgery, recurrence of the lesion was observed, and a new apicoectomy was necessary, this time up to the middle third of the root. Clinical radiographic control 12 mo after the second surgical intervention demonstrated absence of signs and symptoms, radiographic repair, with tooth 46 shown to be fully functional.
Key words: Apicoectomy; Endodontic treatment; Cementoblastoma
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Core tip: The present clinical case demonstrated that surgical treatment associated with endodontic treatment was effective for the treatment of cementoblastoma. However, the patient must be followed-up due to the possibility of recurrence of this lesion. The importance of these findings demonstrated that the treatment of cementoblastoma may be conservative with maintenance of the affected teeth.
Costa BC, de Oliveira GJPL, Chaves MGAM, da Costa RR, Gabrielli MFR, Guerreiro-Tanomaru JM, Tanomaru-Filho M. Surgical treatment of cementoblastoma associated with apicoectomy and endodontic therapy: Case report. World J Clin Cases 2016; In press
The cementoblastoma is a benign odontogenic tumor of ectomesenchymal origin that preferentially affects the roots of mandibular molars or premolars, in patients in the age range of 20-30 years, with slight prevalence in the male sex[1-3]. Its low prevalence (less than 6% of all odontogenic tumors)[4,5], generates difficulties with documentation about the standard treatment for this tumor[1-3,6].
Due to the high rates of recurrence (approximately 31.7%) associated with incomplete removal of the lesion, the treatment of cementoblastoma most indicated in the literature, is removal of the tooth together with the tumor[6,7]. However, endodontic treatment of the affected tooth associated with apicoectomy during removal of the lesion is cited as an alternative, allowing the tooth to be maintained in function.
Conservative treatment of cementoblastoma lesions allows the tooth to be maintained. However, this has rarely been documented in the literature. Therefore, the aim of this case report was to demonstrate the treatment of cementoblastoma by means of endodontic treatment and removal of the lesion associated with apicoectomy and maintenance of the affected tooth after two surgical interventions. Follow-up of one year after the second surgical intervention showed clinical and radiographic success.
The patient, an 18-year-old man, presented to the service of the Endodontic Clinic at the Dental School of Araraquara (FOAr-Unesp) with complaints of pain in the mandibular body on the right side for the past 3 mo. On clinical exam, the patient presented with discrete facial asymmetry, bone expansion in the region at the bottom of the vestibular sulcus, pain on palpation, slight extrusion of tooth 46, and positive response to the pulp vitality test. In the imaging exams, a radiopaque mass was observed, measuring approximately 1.5 mm in diameter, with discrete radiolucent halo associated with the root apex of tooth 45 (Figure 1A).
Considering the clinical and imaging exams, the treatment initially proposed was worn of the occlusal surface of the tooth involved, to alleviate the painful symptoms. After 30 d of follow-up, the patient returned because of the pain. In view of the new situation, and considering the diagnostic hypothesis of cementoblastoma, the option taken was to perform endodontic treatment of tooth 46 and exeresis of the lesion by apicoectomy and peripheral osteotomy (Figures 1B-G).
Endodontic treatment (pulpectomy) was performed in two sessions with the use of a calcium hydroxide-based intracanal dressing. Biomechanical preparation was performed by using crown-down technique, and manual instruments (K files 10 and 15) associated with rotary instrumentation, by using an electric motor and ProDesign S files of the Easy® System, in accordance with the protocol of the manufacturer (Easy Equipamentos Odontológicos®, Belo Horizonte - MG, Brazil). Surgical intervention was performed to remove the lesion in the apical third portion of the root associated with the lesion.
The lesion removed had the aspect of a rounded mass of hardened consistency, measuring 1.3 mm in diameter. The tissue was sent for histopathological exam that provided description of the material as being calcified, presenting superimposed lamellae and presence of dentin united to cementoid material. In the central portion of the lesion, a cementoid structure with blood vessels was verified, presenting superimposed lamellae and basophilic material, while the peripheral portion of the lesion presented irregular fibrous tissue, with an aspect of cementoid tissue and presence of blood vessels (Figure 2A and B). According to the histopathological report, the diagnosis presented was that of cementoblastoma.
In the cone beam computed tomography exam performed during follow-up of the case after one year, recurrence of the lesion was observed (Figure 3). In view of the new condition, the option taken was to perform a second paraendodontic surgery. In this procedure, a more aggressive root section was performed up to the middle level of the roots affected by the lesion (Figure 4A). At present the patient is undergoing post-operative follow-up of 12 mo, without painful symptoms and showing complete remission of the lesion (Figure 4B). The Table 1 shows the different types of treatment and recurrence rates of the cementoblastoma demonstrated in case series previously reported in the literature.
The cementoblastoma is a rare benign odontogenic lesion, and reports of cases documented represent a large part of the information with regard to therapeutic conduct[2,3,8]. Diagnosis of this lesion must be made by association of clinical, radiographic and histopathological methods[9,10]. It is important to perform differential diagnosis with other lesions that present characteristics to those of the cementoblastoma, such as cement-bone dysplasia, ossifying fibroma, hypercementosis and osteoblastoma[9,11].
In the case reported, all the methods cited were used to identify the lesion. Clinical exam demonstrated that the lesion promoted painful symptoms, increase in volume associated with the vestibule of tooth 46, and presence of pulp vitality. Radiographic exam detected the presence of a radiopaque lesion with radiolucent halo associated with the root of tooth 46. The histopathological exam demonstrated that the lesion presented a dense central region, with birefringent material similar to that of bone, with the presence of lines of reversion, while the peripheral portion presented foci of vascularization and connective tissue. All of these signs have been reported in the diagnostic reports of cementoblastoma[1-3,6,8,9,12].
The treatment applied in the case was removal of the lesion associated with a portion of the root surface after endodontic treatment. In spite of the presence of pulp vitality, in cases of cementoblastoma, the surgical act of removing the lesion and part of the tooth root must be performed after endodontic treatment. This treatment has been applied in other studies with good clinical results and absence[13,14] of recurrence or rate of recurrence similar to that of treatment by tooth extraction. However, removal of the affected tooth is still the option most indicated in case reports and previous studies[2,7,15].
One of the reasons proposed for applying removal of the tooth as treatment for cementoblastoma is the high rate of recurrence of these lesions, associated with its incomplete removal. A series of cases has described that cases of cementoblastoma treated with a protocol similar to that performed in the present report may present recurrence of the lesion, as verified in this clinical case after one year of follow-up. Considering that the cementoblastoma arises from the uncontrolled proliferation of the cementoid matrix by cementoblasts and that these cells are not present in the middle and cervical portions of the root, in the second surgical approach, removal of the root was performed up to the middle third, thereby eliminating all the cellular cement that could have led to the origin of the second lesion. However, this procedure may not eliminate the possibility of the lesion recurrence since other ethological factors as the uncontrolled induction of the cementoblasts differentiation by the epithelial rests of Malassez cells can be the trigger of the cementoblastoma lesions. After one year of follow-up of this surgical procedure, repair with bone neoformation was verified in the region of the lesion.
Therefore, the authors concluded that the surgical treatment associated with endodontic treatment was effective for the treatment of cementoblastoma. However, follow-up must be performed due to the possibility of recurrence of this lesion. Moreover, apicoectomy must be performed at the level of the middle third of the root to prevent the remaining cementoblasts from inducing recurrence of the lesion.
The patient, an 18-year-old man with complaints of pain in the mandibular body on the right side for the past 3 mo.
Cement-bone dysplasia, ossifying fibroma, hypercementosis and osteoblastoma.
A radiopaque mass was observed, measuring approximately 1.5 mm in diameter, with discrete radiolucent halo associated with the root apex of tooth 45.
Endodontic treatment and surgical removal of the lesion.
The treatment of this condition normally is the tooth extraction. In this case report we propose a more conservative therapy. The association of the endodontic treatment and surgical removal of the lesion permits the maintenance of the tooth.
Experiences and lessons
Apicoectomy must be performed at the level of the middle third of the root to prevent the remaining cementoblasts from inducing recurrence of the lesion.
The authors report on a surgical treatment of a cementoblastoma associated with apicoectomy and endodontic therapy. The case report is well written and Brannon's series is reported as well as satisfactory literature review.
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Figure 1 Initial diagnosis and treatment of the lesion. A: Initial radiographic exam showing radiopaque lesion with radiolucent halo involving the distal root of tooth 46; B: Endodontic treatment; C: Radiographic aspect after the first surgical intervention, with removal of the lesion and apical third of the root involved with the lesion; D: Access to the vestibular region of tooth 46; E: Exposure of the lesion; F: Fragmentation of the lesion to facilitate its removal; G: Aspect of the lesion removed.
Figure 2 Histological analysis of the lesion. A: Central region of the lesion, where a cementoid structure with blood vessels was observed, presenting superimposed lamellae and basophilic material; B: Peripheral region of the lesion that presented irregular fibrous tissue, with tissue having a cementoid aspect and presence of blood vessels (HE-50 × magnification).
Figure 3 Tomographic aspect of tooth 46, one year after the first surgical procedure. A: General panoramic image; B: Image of the sagittal plane, in which tooth 46 is pointed out, with presence of the recurrence of cementoblastoma lesion associated with the distal root; C: Image of the coronal plane in which it is possible to observe a radiopaque alteration associated with tooth 46.
Figure 4 Second surgical intervention and follow-up one year after this procedure. A: Radiographic aspect after removal of the lesion; B: Radiographic aspect after 1 year, in which it is possible to visualize a normal radiographic aspect around the root of the previously affected tooth.
Table 1 Different types of treatment and recurrence rates of the cementoblastoma
No. of cases
Type of treatment
Abrams et al,1974
Extraction of the affected tooth
No recurrences after 6-10 yr
Ulmansky et al, 1994
Extraction of the affected tooth in two cases
Association between the surgical enucleation of the lesion associated and the treatment in three cases
No recurrences after two years
Brannon et al, 2004
En bloc resection in 5 cases
Extraction of the involved tooth with concurrent tumor removal in 26 cases
Root amputation with tumor removal in 2 cases
Curettage of the lesion without tooth extraction in 6 cases
Extraction of the involved tooth with no attempt to remove the tumor in four cases
There were recurrences in 13 cases (37.1%) between 4-24 mo after the treatment
Prakash et al, 2013
Extraction of the affected tooth