Usefulness of cone-beam CT in the evaluation of a spontaneously healed root fracture case

Anne Caroline Costa Oenning, Sergio Lins de Azevedo Vaz, Saulo Leonardo Sousa Melo, Francisco Haiter-Neto

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Horizontal root fractures (HRF) usually affect anterior teeth of male patients as a result of trauma. The consequences can be complex because of combined damage to different tissues, but it has been reported that root fractures undergo healing in majority cases. Diagnosis of HRF must be based on clinical findings, sensibility tests, and radiographic examination. The cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) has already been proven to be superior among other radiographic modalities for diagnostic imaging of root fractures. However, CBCT in these cases needs to be used in a careful manner, and only when the radiation exposure should be justified by the potential diagnostic benefits and improvement of the treatment results. This case report describes a case of spontaneously healed horizontal root fracture with displacement of the fragments and discusses the usefulness of CBCT in the follow-up of root fractures cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-493
Number of pages5
JournalDental Traumatology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Cone-beam computed tomography
  • Root fracture
  • Root resorption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery


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