Detection of pulp stones in incisors by digital dental radiography

V08N01 | 2018 | Original Article | Pages 41 to 45

Vanessa Rodrigues Nascimento, Luiz Fernando Tomazinho, Paulo Henrique Weckwerth, Felipe Tailan, Cláudio Menezes, Cintia De Souza Alferes Araújo, Mirella Lindoso Gomes Campos

Dental pulp calcification, Endodontics, Digital dental radiography,

Introduction: Pulp stones are calcifications of an uncertain etiology that are found in the pulp tissue and have variable sizes. They are found as single or multiple radiopaque circular or ovoid shaped images and are detected during routine radiographic examinations. A previous adequate planning to the endodontic treatment is necessary, and the detection of these alterations is part of this stage. Thus, our objective is to detect pulp stones in superior and lower incisors. Methodology: We used 793 digital periapical radiographs of the anterior teeth, totaling 2.999 teeth. The results were organized in Excel spreadsheets and submitted to a descriptive analysis and the Chi-Square test.2 Results: Results showed 15% of the teeth assessed had pulp stones and the most affected tooth was the right lateral incisive, 19% out of the total number of teeth. There was a higher prevalence in women aged between 51 and 60. Conclusion: The frequency of pulp stones in anterior teeth reaches 15% when they are assessed by digital periapical radiographs, with a higher prevalence in the female gender. Aging is associated with the occurrence of pulp stones. However, there is no association between the occurrence of restorations and the alterations.

Nascimento VR, Tomazinho LF, Weckwerth PH, Tailan F, Menezes C, Araújo CSA, Campos MLG. Detection of pulp stones in incisors by digital dental radiography. Dental Press Endod. 2018 Jan-Apr;8(1):41-5. DOI: