Diagnostic imaging: Morphological and eruptive disturbances in the permanent teeth



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Diagnostic imaging: Morphological and eruptive disturbances in the permanent teeth
Deepak Sharma, Ramneet Kaur, Suneet Monga, Simerjeet Kaur, Ruchika Kundra

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Sharma D, Kaur R, Monga S, Kaur S, Kundra R. Diagnostic imaging: morphological and eruptive disturbances in the permanent teeth. World J Stomatol 2015; 4(2): 72-80

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The advent of cone beam computed tomography, Spiral Computerized Tomography and Magnetic resonance imaging in the field of dental radiology has greatly facilitated access to the internal morphology of soft tissue and dental hard tissue structures. These techniques are beneficial in viewing spatial relationship of the suspected anomalous tooth and surrounding structures. Multiplanar imaging resolves the ambiguity of conventional two-dimensional radiographs by allowing the rotation of images at arbitrary angles without image magnifications and distortions.


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Three-dimensional imaging; Spiral computed tomography; Magnetic resonance imaging; Eruptive malformations; Morphological disturbances; Conebeam computed tomography

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Diagnostic imaging: Morphological and eruptive disturbances in the permanent teeth
Deepak Sharma, Ramneet Kaur, Suneet Monga, Simerjeet Kaur, Ruchika Kundra
Deepak Sharma, Ramneet Kaur, Suneet Monga, Simerjeet Kaur, Ruchika Kundra, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, M. M. College of Dental Sciences and Research, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Haryana 133207, India

Author contributions: All authors equally contributed to this paper.

Conflict-of-interest: The authors have no conflict of interest related to the manuscript.

Open-Access: This article is an open-access article which was selected by an in-house editor and fully peer-reviewed by external reviewers. It is distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

Correspondence to: Deepak Sharma, Professor, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, M. M. College of Dental Sciences and Research, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana, Ambala, Haryana 133207,

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Received: November 28, 2014

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Abstract

This paper reviewed the literature on newer three-dimensional imaging techniques and their applications in diagnosis and treatment planning of various dental anomalies. Developmental anomalies can occur during any of the developmental stages and are manifested clinically after the tooth is fully formed. These dental anomalies may involve a single tooth, a group of teeth, or the entire dentition. Two-dimensional diagnostic imaging, including periapical, occlusal, panoramic, or cephalometric radiographs are essential in localization and management of morphological and eruptive disorders. However, due to their inherent limitations such as insu­fficient precision because of unusual projection errors and lack of information about spatial relationships, these methods are considered unreliable. Thus, the use of newer image acquisition techniques that allow comprehensive three dimensional imaging and visualization of dental abnormalities is highly recommended for making a con­firmatory diagnosis. The significance of accurate endo­dontic, surgical and orthodontic treatment planning in dental abnormalities cannot be overstated as it pertains to critical anatomic landmarks such as proximity to adjacent teeth or the mandibular canal. The precise information on spatial relationships provided by multiplanar imaging helps the dental surgeon to establish more accurate diagnosis, management strategies and also increases the patient safety. This review highlights the use of high-end diagnostic imaging modalities in diagnosis of the various morphologic and eruptive dental abnormalities.


Key words: Three-dimensional imaging; Spiral computed tomography; Magnetic resonance imaging; Eruptive malformations; Morphological disturbances; Conebeam computed tomography
© The Author(s) 2015. Published by Baishideng Publishing Group Inc. All rights reserved.
Core tip: The advent of cone beam computed tomography, Spiral Computerized Tomography and Magnetic resonance imaging in the field of dental radiology has greatly facilitated access to the internal morphology of soft tissue and dental hard tissue structures. These techniques are beneficial in viewing spatial relationship of the suspected anomalous tooth and surrounding structures. Multiplanar imaging resolves the ambiguity of conventional two-dimensional radiographs by allowing the rotation of images at arbitrary angles without image magnifications and distortions.

Sharma D, Kaur R, Monga S, Kaur S, Kundra R. Diagnostic imaging: morphological and eruptive disturbances in the permanent teeth. World J Stomatol 2015; 4(2): 72-80 Available from: URL: http://www.wjgnet.com/2218-6263/full/v4/i2/72.htm DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5321/wjs.v4.i2.72



INTRODUCTION

Dental anomalies are expressed as morphological and eruption disorders. Morphological dental abnormalities occur due to disturbances during odontogenesis and it includes abnormality in number (supernumerary teeth), abnormality of tooth shape and size (dens in dente, dilaceration, fusion, root dwarfing)[1]. Eruption disturbances are mainly divided as disturbances related to time (premature eruption, delayed eruption or impactions) and disturbances related to position (ectopic eruption and transpositions).

A number of factors are responsible for eruptive and morphological dental abnormalities including genetic and congenital anomalies, metabolic disturbances, post operative complications of head and neck radiation therapy, use of chemotherapeutic agents, traumatic injuries to the primary dentition affecting the permanent tooth formation, etc[1,2]. The embryologic tooth development of teeth starts around one and half month of intrauterine life and is characterized by distinct odontogenic stages including initiation, proliferation, histodifferentiation, morphodifferentiation, apposition, and calcification. Each stage has its own significance and disturbance at any stage may result into the development of an anomaly. The development of primary dentition occurs in a protected prenatal environment and duration of deciduous teeth development is small, therefore, they are less prone to dental abnormalities than the permanent teeth.

Radiographic method is considered to be advan­tageous for the preoperative determination of position and nature of these dental anomalies. Conventional plain film radiographic methods such as periapical, occlusal, panoramic, or cephalometric radiographs are a de-facto standard for diagnosis and treatment planning. However, due to their inherent limitations such as insufficient precision because of unusual projection errors and lack of information about spatial relationships, these methods are considered unreliable[3,4]. Earlier, computed tomography (CT) has been used widely in maxillofacial imaging to provide detailed 3-dimensional (3d) information. It forms an integral part in diagnosis of oral and maxillofacial regions as it facilitates access to the internal morphology of dentofacial structures. Its benefits of viewing spatial relationship of the anomalous tooth with surrounding structure by the rotation of images at arbitrary angles and absence of image magnification and distortions are well recognized and widely accepted in the literature. It is considered as more desirable morphometric tool than conventional plain film radiography[5-7]. However, it has certain limitations reducing its diagnostic reliability in dentistry including relatively low between-slice accuracy, no interslice gaps, artifacts, edge gradient effects and high radiation dose[8]. Recently, a series of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans for three dimensional imaging of dentomaxillofacial region have been developed[8-13]. The aim of the study is to present a systematic review of the literature on the diagnostic imaging of the morphological and eruptive disturbances in the permanent teeth.


DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING TECHNIQUES FOR ASSESSMENT OF ERUPTIVE AND MORPHOLOGICAL DENTAL ANOMALIES

CBCT is relatively newer image acquisition techniques that allow comprehensive multiplanar imaging and visualization of dental abnormalities in which resolution is measured in voxels[13,14]. It uses cone-shaped X-ray beam centered on a two-dimensional (2D) detector. The source-detector system performs one rotation around the object producing a series of 2D images. The 3D images are obtained by reformatting the 2D data in volume using a modification of the original cone-beam algorithm developed by Feldkamp et al[15] in 1984. CBCT scanners for the dentofacial region were originally developed in the late 1990s independently by Arai et al[16] in Japan and Mozzo et al[17] in Italy. CBCT has little projection effect and no magnification errors because X-ray beams are orthogonal, resulting in undistorted 1:1 measurements. It provides information for the entire craniofacial region[18,19] (Table 1).


IMPACTED TEETH

Impaction is defined as eruption failure of a tooth to its normal site in occlusion during its normal growth period because of malposition, lack of space, abnormal habit or mechanical obstruction in its eruption trajectory. The precise localization and diagnosis of an impacted tooth is required for proper surgical access and treatment planning. Nakajima et al[20] demonstrated the importance of CBCT image acquisition technique in cases of delayed eruption of the maxillary left second premolars and severe impaction of a maxillary second bicuspid. CT images provided more accurate information for orthodontic diagnosis and management strategies than conventional radiographic images such as precise observation of tooth morphology, root condition, and superimposition of bone.


3D imaging in impacted permanent incisors

Traumatic injuries to primary dentition cause eruptive malformations in underlying permanent tooth germs as they are in a close contact with their primary pre­decessors[21]. It may hinder the eruption pathway of the permanent tooth germ leading to delayed or failure of eruption[22]. The effect on the underlying tooth bud is related to its stage of odontogenesis, type and direction of impact[23].

Gurge et al[24] carried out CBCT imaging for compre­hensive multiplanar evaluation, exact localization and conservative management of non erupted perm­anent upper lateral incisor with a previous history of a trauma through the primary predecessor in a 9-year-old patient. They highlighted the need for CBCT image acquisition techniques in the cases of impacted teeth where 3D visualization is necessary.
Impacted 3rd molars

Third molars are the most frequently impacted teeth. The dental literature has revealed these teeth are usually associated with pericoronitis, cheek biting, cysts, odontogenic tumors, and external root resorption of proximal teeth[25-29]. CBCT has proven to be an efficient method for evaluation of spatial relationship in different planes before deciding on management of impacted third molars.

Oenning et al[30] assessed external root resorption of second permanent molars associated with impacted third molars by conventional radiography and CBCT imaging. They observed significantly higher number of cases of ERR with CBCT imaging technique and highly recommended its use in cases of impaction specially mesioangular or horizontal impactions.
Impacted canines

Maxillary canines are the 2nd most commonly impacted teeth. Earlier tube shift technique was used to reveal the position of unerupted canine but the exact extent of displacement cannot be determined. CBCT imaging is beneficial in providing the accurate labial/palatal position and angulation of the impacted canine[3,31].

Walker et al[12] assessed the spatial relation­ship of impacted canines with adjacent structures and root resorption of incisor with the aid of 3D images produced from NewTom QR-DVT 9000. 3D volumetric imaging of impacted canines depicted the size of the follicle, inclination of the long axis of the tooth, relative buccal and palatal positions, bone covering the tooth, 3D proximity and resorption of roots of proximal teeth, local anatomic considerations and stage of dental development.

Liu et al[32] determined the position of 210 impacted maxillary canines and resorption of adjacent incisors with CBCT images. The angular and linear measurements depicted the spatial variations of the impacted canines which provided the picture for three dimensional relationships of the impactions relative to the adjacent dental arch.

Haney et al[18] compared differences in the diagnosis and treatment planning of impacted maxillary canines with traditional 2D imaging techniques and 3D CBCT volumetric images. The results yielded that the clinicians’ confidence in the accuracy of diagnosis and treatment plan was statistically greater for CBCT images (P < 0.001).

Alqerban et al[33] compared two CBCT systems vs traditional 2D imaging for assessing the location of impacted maxillary canine and identification of root resorption and observed that CBCT was more sensitive than panoramic radiography.

Maverna et al[34] evaluated different radio­graphs for the localization of impacted maxillary canines [or­thopantomography (OPT), laterolateral and postero­anteriorteleradiography, parallax method, laterolateral, occlusal radiography, computerized axial tomography, cone beam CT]. They concluded that CBCT provided elements which escaped during traditional radiographic analysis and is therefore indicated in case of impacted teeth or cranio-facial structural anomalies.
ECTOPIC ERUPTIONS

Transposition is a rare type of ectopic eruption where a permanent tooth erupts in the position normally occupied by another permanent tooth[35-39]. Transposition are more frequently observed in upper arch (68.5%-76%) than in lower arch[39-42]. Maxillary canine and the first premolars are most commonly transposed[40]. The ultimate success of the treatment plan is based upon accurate assessment and precise localization of the transposed teeth. Ericson and Kurol[43] reported that, in a sample of Swedish children, conventional periapical radiography successfully localized only 80% of ectopic canines. Rest 20% required tomography for exact localization especially in cases with overlapping lateral incisor (Table 1).


TALON CUSP

Talon cuspis an unusual morphological dental anomaly that is most commonly seen in the form of an accessory cusp-like structure projecting from the lingual or facial surface of anterior teeth[44]. A talon cusp is mor­phologically well-delineated. The appearance of projection is conical and resembles an eagle’s talon. Talon cusp may occur in both primary and permanent dentitions. It can occur in maxillary or mandibular anterior teeth. It is seen in both sexes[45].

Siraci et al[46] demonstrated unusual presentation of a talon cusp, occurring on both the facial and lingual surfaces of a supernumerary primary tooth. Existence of pulpal extensions was investigated using cone beam X-ray CT. It revealed distinct existence of pulpal extensions within the facial and palatal talon cusps. According to Mader and Kellogg[47], it was very difficult to distinguish the existence of a pulpal extension, which was confirmed in this case. Other two radiographs were taken from different angles but the interpretation of accessory pulp horns was uncertain which necessitated the utilization of a cone-beam CT for a correct diagnosis.
ROOT DILACERATION

Dilaceration is a developmental anomaly which occurs as a result of an abrupt change in the axial inclination between the crown and the root of a tooth. But the criteria in the literature for recognizing root dilaceration vary. Two possible causes of dilacerations are trauma and developmental disturbances. It has also been proposed that it might be associated with some developmental syndromes. Dilaceration is seen in both the permanent and deciduous dentitions, and it is more commonly found in posterior teeth and in the maxilla. Periapical radiographs are commonly used to diagnose the presence of root dilacerations[48].

Andrade et al[49] evaluated tooth displacement and root dilaceration after trauma to primary predecessor by CT. The tomograms were analyzed using a dental computed tomography software program in order to evaluate the root formation of the upper right permanent central incisor and its position in the anterior alveolar process.

Mahesh et al[50] described the use of CBCT for the 10-year-old patient with the complaint of non-eruption of the permanent maxillary right central and lateral incisors. A cone-beam CT scan was performed to assess the extent of dilaceration, if any, and to aid in the creation of a suitable treatment plan. It revealed palatal displacement of the crown and a gradual curvature in the apical 1/3rd of the root of right central incisor.


SUPERNUMERARY TEETH

Supernumerary teeth are a relatively frequent disorder of odontogenesis characterized by an excess number of teeth. It can be found in any region of the dental arch both in the primary and permanent dentition. Associated complications are failure of adjacent teeth to erupt, displacement and crowding of the adjacent teeth, abnormal diastema, root resorption.

Liu et al[14] used CBCT for evaluation of 626 super­numerary teeth in 487 patients. The ability of CBCT to visualize dental and skeletal structures relative to supernumerary teeth was also evaluated. A new system was proposed to classify the complex spatial location of supernumeraries in the maxillary anterior arch based on evaluation with CBCT. Type Ⅰ, type Ⅱ, and type Ⅵ were located palatal to the neighboring incisors in a variant craniocaudal position. Type Ⅲ and type Ⅳ were seen within the dental arch, oriented normally, inverted, or in cross section. Type Ⅴ was the supernumerary teeth located labially and superior to the incisor root and is rarest in occurrence. This classification system may yield an accurate picture for the 3D relationship of the supernumeraries relative to the adjacent dental structures, which is important during surgical or orthodontic evaluation. CBCT imaging yields accurate 3D pictures of local dental and bony structures, which is helpful for pretreatment evaluation of supernumerary teeth.

Supernumerary premolars are a rare anomaly in the maxillofacial complex. Its rarity and complex characteristics often makes it difficult to treat. CBCT plays an important role in assessment of both the location and the typing of supernumerary teeth[14,51,52]. Thus, CBCT is crucial for exact localization which assists in proper treatment planning, and for the surgical approach in cases of multiple supernumerary teeth[53]. The benefits of CBCT imaging being low radiation dose and accurate diagnosis of the complex pathology in case of supernumerary teeth[54]. Odontomas are odontogenic tumours, resulting from epithelial growth and differentiated mesenchymal cells, clinically asymptomatic, and often associated with changes to the eruption of the permanent dentition. In recent years, CBCT has been used in the diagnosis and treatment planning of this condition[55].


DENS INVAGINATUS

Dens invaginatus (DI) is a dental developmental anomaly that results from invagination of the enamel organ into the dental papilla prior to the mineralization phase[56]. The cavity that forms in the case of dens invaginatus may serve as an external route of communication with the pulp or periapical tissues through the foramen caecum. The complexity of the internal anatomy in the case of dens invaginatus creates clinical challenges. Conventional periapical radiographs provide limited information regarding the anatomical configuration. The 3D imaging (CBCT) helps in identifying the morphology of the individual dens so that appropriate treatment planning and treatment options can be selected[57,58].

Patel et al[59] reported the use of CBCT in the assessment of chronic periradicular periodontitis associated with an infected invagination in an immature mandibular lateral incisor tooth. A CBCT scan revealed that there was no communication between the inva­gination and the main root canal. Endodontic treatment was carried out on the invagination. It was observed that that the true nature of dens invaginatus cannot be estimated from conventional radiographs accurately. Cone beam computed tomography is a useful diagnostic tool in the management of dens invaginatus.

Kaneko et al[60] described the use of CBCT to diagnose Oehlers’ type Ⅲ dens invaginatus in a maxillary lateral incisor. The CBCT scans demonstrated inaccessible and unfilled canal and invagination areas because of complex internal morphology. It was chara­cterized by C-shaped cross-sectional canal configuration with constrictions at different points in different root levels and a prominent intraradicular cavity that was communicated with the enamel-lined invagination and opened into the apical periodontium. It was however judged that further endodontic treatment of the same was not feasible. CBCT helped in the diagnosis thus decision of avoiding further intervention was made that could have been difficult to negotiate.

Narayana et al[61] used CBCT to aid in the diagnosis and treatment-planning phase in 11-year-old male who reported for the treatment of maxillary right lateral incisor. 3D imaging helped in identifying the morphology of the individual dens which further guided the selection of the treatment provided. The morphology of the dens invaginatus was identified, and a periapical radiolucent area was detected that was not visible on a standard periapical radiograph.

Vier-Pelisser et al[62] presented the case of a maxillary left lateral incisor with Oehlers’ type Ⅲ dens invaginatus in which CBCT was used as an adjunctive resource in the diagnosis and in the planning and 2-year follow-up of the nonsurgical/surgical treatment. The CBCT scans revealed that the periapical radiolucency was significantly larger than seen radiographically and the increased thickness of the buccal cortical plate was also seen.

Kfir et al[63] investigated the use of 3D plastic models, printed CBCT data, for accurate diagnosis and conservative treatment of a complex case of dens invaginatus. The CBCT scan provided with the information about the true nature of invagination and its relationship to the main canal. It was useful for demonstrating how the invagination had compressed the pulp space of the main canal at different levels which led to irregular main canal with a cross-section resembling a thin crescent encircling the invagination. It was also seen that there was no communication between the invagination and the pulp space.

Kato[64] described a case of surgical and non-surgical endodontic therapy for a maxillary lateral incisor with type Ⅲ dens invaginatus with necrotic pulp and an associated large periradicular lesion. CBCT was used for three-dimensional observation of the morphological details of this area. It was observed that even complicated cases of dens invaginatus can be diagnosed and treated using non-surgical root canal management with the help of CBCT.

Dens invaginatus can also be associated with other abnormalities such as dysmorphic mesiodens. Though this condition can be detected by chance on the conventional radiography, the three-dimensional nature and the exact morphological patterns of DI can be determined by CBCT. Cantin et al[65] presented a morphological study of impacted mesiodens in a 9-year-old girl in whom the three coronal invaginations were detected only by CBCT.

The presence of double dens invaginatus is extre­mely rare. Understanding the type, extension, and complex morphology of dens invaginatus is essential for the proper treatment planning. Advanced imaging techniques, such as CBCT are very helpful in diagnosis of these complex anatomic variations as they give the 3 dimensional images unlike the conventional radiographic methods[66].




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