Progression of root resorption following replantation of human teeth after extended extraoral storage


Dr. Lars Andersson, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Central Hospital, S-721 89 Västerås, Sweden.


Abstract Avulsed human permanent teeth subjected to a minimum of 1 h dry extraoral storage before replantation were followed radiographically for an average of 4.8 years. The depth of root resorption cavities was assessed using a radiographic index, and the rate of root resorption was defined as the index change over time. The frequency of inflammatory and replacement resorption was determined at each observation time. Replacement resorption increased in frequency with time in all patients. In teeth endodontically treated within 3 weeks of replantation, minimal inflammatory resorption was found regardless of the age of the patients. In teeth where endodontic treatment was performed more than 3 weeks after replantation, the frequency of inflammatory resorption was significantly higher in young patients but not in older patients, up to more than 3 years after replantation. The rate of root resorption was found to be related to age. In patients 8–16 years old at the time of avulsion the rate of root resorption was significantly higher compared with patients 17–39 years old. Age had a higher impact on the rate of root resorption compared with the delay in endodontic treatment after replantation. It was concluded that a tooth replanted with a necrotic periodontal membrane will become ankylosed and resorbed within 3–7 years in young patients, whereas a tooth replanted under similar conditions in older patients may remain in function for a considerably longer time.