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Article: Volume 41 Number 7 Page 586 - September 2014

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  Dent Update 2014; 41: 586-595

Restorative dentistry:  Multiple Idiopathic External Apical Root Resorption: A Literature Review

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Abstract: Multiple idiopathic external root resorption is an unusual condition that may present in a cervical or an apical form. In this paper, we review the published literature relating to root resorption and multiple idiopathic external apical root resorption (MIEARR). The article considers the types, classification and aetiology of root resorption and discusses the restorative options and management. An example of a patient suffering with multiple idiopathic apical external apical root resorption affecting UR2, UR1, UL1, UL2 and hypodontia affecting the maxillary canines is described.

Clinical relevance: This paper offers clinical advice to practitioners to understand the classification of root resorption and appropriate and timely referral to be made to secondary care for optimum restorative treatment when multiple teeth are involved with no known cause established.

Author notes: Karun Dewan, BDS, LDS RCS, MFDS RCS, MSc, Specialist Registrar and Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry and Kevin Fairbrother, BChD, MDS, DipConSed, MRD RCS, FDS(Rest Dent) RCS, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Birmingham Dental Hospital, St Chad’s Queensway, Birmingham B4 6NN, UK.

Objective: To understand the aetiology, pathogenesis, clinical and radiographic presentation and restorative management of multiple idiopathic external apical resorption.