Journal of Conservative Dentistry

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 588--591

The internal root canal morphology of single-rooted mandibular canines revealed by micro-computed tomography


Marilia Fagury Marceliano-Alves1, Carolina Oliveira de Lima1, Carla Mendonça Augusto1, Ana Flávia Almeida Barbosa1, Adilia Maria Vieira Bruno1, Aline Martins Rosa1, Ricardo Tadeu Lopes2,  
1 Department of Endodontics, Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2 Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Marilia Fagury Marceliano-Alves
Rua Siqueira Campos, 59, Sala 303, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil

Abstract

Context: The lack of thorough knowledge regarding morphological and anatomical variations of the root canal system can result in failure to identify all root canals and lead to inadequate instrumentation and consequent failure of the endodontic treatment. Aims: The aim of the study was to evaluate the anatomy of single-rooted mandibular canines using micro-computed tomography (micro-CT). Subjects and Methods: Eighty mandibular canines were scanned by micro-CT to determine anatomic parameters: Vertucci's classification, number of lateral canals, roundness, and minor and major diameters. The shape of root canal orifices, volume, surface area, and convexity structure model index (SMI) were also evaluated. Analysis Used: The CTAn and CTvol software were used to three-dimensional and morphometric analysis. Results: All canals were classified as Vertucci Type I. Lateral canals were verified in 42.4% of the roots, in apical third. The canal diameters were decreased near the apex. The cross sections at the cementoenamel junction and 1 mm from the apex were oval in 38.3% and 79.4% of the canals, respectively. The mean canal volumes and surface areas were 11.48 ± 4.41 mm3 ≥ and 67.29 ± 19.18 mm2, respectively. The SMI values indicated that mandibular canine was approximately rod like. Conclusions: The morphology of the root canal of single-rooted canines varied widely at different root levels.



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Marceliano-Alves MF, de Lima CO, Augusto CM, Almeida Barbosa AF, Vieira Bruno AM, Rosa AM, Lopes RT. The internal root canal morphology of single-rooted mandibular canines revealed by micro-computed tomography.J Conserv Dent 2018;21:588-591


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Marceliano-Alves MF, de Lima CO, Augusto CM, Almeida Barbosa AF, Vieira Bruno AM, Rosa AM, Lopes RT. The internal root canal morphology of single-rooted mandibular canines revealed by micro-computed tomography. J Conserv Dent [serial online] 2018 [cited 2018 Dec 14 ];21:588-591
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 Introduction



Successful endodontic treatments depend on complete root canal cleaning and shaping, as well as three-dimensional (3D) hermetic root canal system (RCS) filling.[1] The lack of thorough knowledge regarding morphological and anatomical variations of the RCS can result in failure to identify all root canals and lead to inadequate instrumentation and consequent failure of the endodontic treatment.[2] Therefore, the first step in achieving a successful endodontic outcome is an exact RCS evaluation and its anatomical variations.[3]

Several techniques have been applied in the study of RCS morphology. Traditional methods, such as radiography, cross-sectioning, staining and root clearing, scanning electron microscopy, and stereomicroscopy, are either destructive or provide only two-dimensional (2D) information.[4],[5],[6]

Micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) is a noninvasive, nondestructive, and reproducible method, considered the most accurate method for RCS morphology investigations, and can be applied quantitatively, as well as qualitatively, for the 3D RCS assessments.[5],[7],[8]

Some studies[6],[9] have reported that mandibular canines display a highly variable internal canal configuration. According to Wu et al.,[9] mandibular canines display a high incidence of oval-shaped canals, posing a significant challenge for adequate root canal treatment, since instruments leave behind untouched recesses in the root canal. In addition, other factors that can contribute to differences in internal complexities of the root canal anatomy include ethnic differences, age, gender, and study design.[1],[11]

A great morphological variation in this regard is observed in the Brazilian population, as it is considered one of the most heterogeneous populations in the world, with an important genetic contribution from the following main continental groups: Europeans, Africans, Asians, and Native Americans.[12] In this context, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the root canal morphology of single-rooted human mandibular canines in a Brazilian Southeastern subpopulation by micro-CT.

 Subjects and Methods



Sample selection

This study was approved by the local Ethics and Research Committee. One hundred and thirty extracted human mandibular canines were evaluated. The roots met the following inclusion criteria: fully formed apex, the absence of fractures, and no previous endodontic treatment on the canines.

Micro-computed tomography scanning and analysis

The roots were scanned on a SkyScan 1173 v2 micro-CT (Bruker MicroCT, Kontich, Belgium). The X-ray tube was operated at 50 kV and 160 μA, using a 1 mm thick aluminum filter, 320 ms exposure time, 0.8 rotation step, and 360° rotation. Both the cross-sectional pixel size and intersection distance (resolution) were set at 12.1 μm. These acquisition parameters were used for all scanned specimens. The acquired projection files were reconstructed into a 3D dataset using the NRecon software (v1.6.1.0; Bruker, Kontich, Belgium). Reconstruction parameters included a 50% beam hardening correction, ring artifact correction of 10, and input of fixed contrast limits (0–0.05) for all image stacks.

Morphologic canal parameters were recorded (CTAn v. 1.14.4, Bruker-Microct Kontich, Belgium) and 3D models of the mesial RCSs were obtained and evaluated (CTVol v. 2.2.1, Bruker-Microct, Kontich, Belgium). The registered images were then processed to generate 3D renderings of the external tooth surface and the internal root canal space. During reconstruction, transparency was adjusted, so internal morphology could be visualized.

The following parameters were evaluated: number of canals, root canal configurations according to Vertucci's classification,[13] root length and number and location of lateral canals, the presence of apical delta, perimeter, roundness, and minor and major diameters at cervical, medium, and apical thirds and 1 mm from the foramen. The cross sections of the root canals were classified as round, oval, long oval, or flattened, according to the minor and major diameters of the canals 1 mm from the apex, as described previously by Jou et al.[12] In addition, the number and shape of root canal orifices at the cementoenamel junction (CEJ) level were also evaluated, according to Liu et al.[13] and Johnsen et al.[14] The CTan (Bruker MicroCT, Kontich, Belgium) plug-in 3D analysis and morphometric analyses were applied.

The 3D root canal measurements included volume (mm3≥), surface area (mm2), and convexity structure model index (SMI) from the CEJ to the apex and were also evaluated by the CTan (Bruker MicroCT, Kontich, Belgium).

 Results



3D reconstruction of the internal anatomy indicated that all specimens exhibited a single main root canal. Therefore, 100% of the specimens were classified as Vertucci Type I [Figure 1]a. The length of the roots measured from the pulp chamber to the apical foramen ranged from 11.76 to 20.84 mm (15.89 ± 1.96 mm). Lateral canals were verified in 42.4% of the roots, all present in the apical third [Figure 1]b; the apical delta was observed in 19% of canines [Figure 1]c.{Figure 1}

The results of the 2D (perimeter, roundness, and major and minor diameter) analysis are detailed in [Table 1].{Table 1}

Concerning root canal orifice shapes and types at the CEJ level, six different orifice shapes were observed, namely oval (38.3%), Hourglass (30.1%), bowling pin (15%), circular (6.8%), fish (5.8%), and kidney (4%). Triangular orifice shapes were not observed [Figure 2]a,[Figure 2]b,[Figure 2]c,[Figure 2]d,[Figure 2]e,[Figure 2]f. Regarding the cross sections 1 mm from the apex, 79.4% were classified as oval, 19.2% were classified as long oval, and 1.4% as flattened canals. No round canals were observed.{Figure 2}

The mean volume of the mandibular canine canals and surface areas was 11.48 ± 4.41 mm3≥ and 67.29 ± 19.18 mm2, respectively. In the present study, the SMI results indicated that the canine root canal geometry was approximately rod like (SMI = 1.43 ± 1.25).

 Discussion



An accurate knowledge on root-canal morphology and its anatomical variations is mandatory for successful root canal treatment.[5],[15],[16],[17] The morphology of single-rooted mandibular canines was evaluated by micro-CT.

It has been reported that the prevalence of type I root canal configurations in mandibular canines ranges from 78% to 98%.[18],[19],[20] In this study, all evaluated mandibular canines displayed only one main canal and were classified as Vertucci Type I, similar to the study carried out by Versiani et al.[8] The length of the roots measured from the pulp chamber to the apical foramen ranged from 11.76 to 20.84 mm (15.89 ± 1.96 mm), similar with other studies.[9],[21],[22]

Lateral canals were verified in 42.4% of the roots, all in the apical third. Somalinga Amardeep et al.[18] observed a frequency of 12.8% of apical lateral canals by cone-beam CT analysis, while Versiani et al.[5],[16] detected accessory canals located at the middle (4%) and apical thirds (65%). This discrepancy between studies may be due to differences in populations, evaluation techniques, and/or sample size. However, these results confirm the evidence that lateral canals are most prevalent in the apical third in mandibular canines.

The apical third is considered the most complex RCS structure, rendering it difficult to shape and clean completely when lateral canals, apical deltas, and many apical foramina are present.[7] Therefore, the findings of the present study reinforce the importance of chemical disinfection in these regions and the need for additional disinfection measures such as intracanal medication and the use of active irrigation methods.

The root canals of the evaluated mandibular canines were wider mesiodistally compared to buccolingually, mainly in the cervical third. The perimeter and major and minor diameter results reflected this morphological feature, higher in the cervical compared to the middle and apical thirds [Table 1], similar to the results reported by Versiani et al.[5],[15]

Canals may present different shapes in cross sections at different root levels in a same tooth.[4] In the present study, cross sections were evaluated applying three parameters: at the CEJ level, 1 mm from the apex, and roundness. In both cross sections, most canines were classified as displaying oval canals (38.3% and 79.4%, respectively). Roundness increased in the apical third [Table 1], indicating that the apical third was more oval compared to the middle and cervical thirds, similar to reported by Versiani et al.[8] Oval-shaped canals are often poorly cleaned and disinfected, since rotary instrumentation usually sculpts a round cross-sectional shape, which leaves behind untouched recesses in the extremities of the largest diameter of the oval canal.[7]

The surface area and volume of the canines were measured to determine the SMI, which is the change in surface area with infinitesimal enlargements of the surface when the change in volume is related to surface area changes. This 3D parameter, which involves the measurement of surface convexity, is classified as plate (SMI = 0), cylindrical (SMI = 3), or variable (intermediate values).[9] In the present study, SMI results indicated that the mandibular canine root canal geometry was approximately rod like (SMI = 1.43 ± 1.25), in contrast with the study carried out by Versiani et al.[5] Thus, discrepancy between studies, as stated previously, may be due to differences in populations and/or sample size.

 Conclusions



The root canal of single-rooted canines evaluated in the present study was classified as Vertucci type I. However, canine morphology varied widely at different root levels. The high frequency of lateral canals in the apical third (42.2%), apical delta (19%), apical foramen (10%), and oval-shaped cross sections at CEJ and 1 mm from the apex (38.3% and 79.4%, respectively) highlight the anatomic complexity of mandibular canines.

Acknowledgment

To the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico and Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior, both Brazilian Funding Agencies.

Financial support and sponsorship

This work was supported by Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

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