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Year : 1989  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 19-24

Calcium hydroxide method of treating peri-apical lesions: A clinical study and review

Assistant Professer Department of Dental surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi-111 029, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0970-7212.347123

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The present paper attempts to study the role of calcium hydroxide in different endodontic situations. It is used in immature teeth with peri-apical infections, large peri-apical lesions including apical cysts (radiographic interpretation) and in resistant infections. The method of use of calcium hydroxide along with treatment regime and importance of careful execution of each phase of endodontic treatment is described. In addition, the relevant literature is reviewed in an attempt to understand the mechanisms of action of calcium hydroxide. Initial response to calcium hydroxide treatment was found to be very encouraging clinically. The pus discharge stopped, intra oral sinuses healed and pain and swelling reduced. Radiographically the radioluscency decreased in size with bone filling in from the periphery. However, long-term follow-up of the treated cases is required to assess the healing potential and success rate, achievable by this mode of treatment.

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