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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 93-96  

Management of complicated crown fracture by reattachment using fiber post: Minimal intervention approach

1 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Swargiya Dadasaheb Kalmegh Smruti Dental College and Hospital, Nagpur, India
2 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Modern Dental College and Research Centre, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
3 Department of Prosthodontics, Dr. Rajesh Ramdasji Kambe Dental College and Hospital, Akola, Maharashtra, India
4 Department of Periodontics, Swargiya Dadasaheb Kalmegh Smruti Dental College and Hospital, Nagpur, India

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Anterior crown fractures are a common form of traumatic dental injuries that mainly affect the maxillary incisors, especially in children and adolescents. Complicated crown fractures although less common, pose a challenge to the clinician. The main objective while treating such cases is successful pain management and immediate restoration of function, esthetics and phonetics. Since the development of the adhesive dentistry, the patient's own fragment can be used to restore the fractured tooth. Reattachment of fractured tooth fragments offers a viable restorative alternative. The procedure provides good and long-lasting esthetics, because the original morphology, color, and surface texture are preserved. This article reports management of complicated crown fracture in a young adult and a middle-aged adult that were successfully treated by reattachment technique. The teeth were endodontically treated followed by esthetic reattachment of the fractured fragment using the glass fiber post. To improve the adhesion between fractured and remaining fragment, circumferential beveling and internal groove placement were done.

Keywords: Biological restoration, complicated crown fracture, dental trauma, fiber post, tooth reattachment

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Raut AW, Mantri V, Shambharkar VI, Mishra M. Management of complicated crown fracture by reattachment using fiber post: Minimal intervention approach. J Nat Sc Biol Med 2018;9:93-6

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   Introduction Top

Most common traumatic dental injury affecting permanent teeth is the uncomplicated and complicated crown fracture.[1] Most commonly affected teeth are the maxillary incisors, forming 96% of all crown fractures.[2] Children and adolescents usually suffer from traumatic injuries, with boys being affected more commonly than girls.[3] Tooth fracture may cause emotional trauma to the children and adolescents as a result of missing tooth structure. The principal objective of the treatment in such cases is the rehabilitation of both esthetics and function.

Various treatment modalities are available for management of fractured anterior teeth. Conventionally, composite restorations and post-and-core supported prosthesis are the most commonly used modalities.[4] If the fractured tooth fragment is available, reattachment of the fragment is the most conservative option for restoration of such tooth. It involves the “minimal intervention” and “biological restoration” concept, which aims to achieve maximum preservation of the natural tooth structure and esthetics.[5] This technique was first reported by Chosack and Eildeman, where they treated the complicated crown fracture by root canal therapy and subsequently, cast post and core. Use of acid-etch technique for reattachment was reported by Tennery.[6]

Several methods have been applied to enhance the adhesion between fractured and remaining fragment. These include circumferential beveling, placement of chamfer, placement of V-shaped notch, placement of internal groove, and superficial over-contouring.[7]

This case report describes management two cases of complicated crown fracture of maxillary incisors by reattachment of the fractured tooth fragment using glass fiber post to improve the retention.

   Case Report Top

A 55-year-old male patient reported with a complaint of mobile and broken teeth in the maxillary anterior region. He had suffered from trauma 2 days back. His medical history was noncontributory. On extra- and intra-oral examination, there was no apparent trauma to the soft tissues.

Intra-oral examination revealed a complicated crown root fracture of the maxillary left central incisor and uncomplicated crown fracture with maxillary right central incisor. The fracture line of 21 was supragingival on the labial side and subgingival on the palatal side. The fractured fragment of 21 was incompletely separated and mobile [Figure 1]a. Palatal gingiva and interdental papilla were neither inflamed nor edematous. Evaluation of periodontal status of the patient revealed the absence of periodontitis. The intraoral periapical radiograph showed the fracture line. There was no evidence of periapical pathosis.
Figure 1: Case 1 (a) preoperative photograph, (b) cementation of fiber post, (c) preparation of fragment, (d) postoperative photograph after reattachment with 21 and composite restoration with 11, (e) postoperative intraoral periapical radiograph

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The adhesive reattachment of the coronal fractured fragment to the remaining tooth structure was planned for 21, to be followed by composite restoration of 11. To improve the tooth resistance and expand the bonding areas involved in the adhesive reattachment technique, placement of a translucent glass fiber post was also planned with 21. The patient accepted the treatment plan.

The gingiva was separated on the palatal side, and the fractured fragment was removed using a forceps without incurring any damage. The subgingival extent of fracture was confirmed on fragment removal. The surface of fragment and pulp chamber was debrided and cleaned. The fragment was preserved in saline until reattachment to avoid discoloration and dehydration. Since the patient reported 2 days after the trauma, preservation of the tooth vitality was not feasible. Hence, single visit root canal treatment was performed with 21. An enamel bevel was prepared all around the remaining tooth structure and the fractured margin of the fragment. An additional internal dentinal groove was also prepared within the dentin of the fractured fragment, which would approximate the access cavity prepared for endodontic therapy of the remaining tooth structure [Figure 1]c. The post space was prepared using Peeso reamers, leaving apical 5 mm of Gutta percha.

A glass fiber post of diameter 1.1 mm (Reforpost Glass Fiber, Angelus, Londrina, Brazil) was selected. Coronal part of the fiber post was cut to fit into the coronal fractured fragment and the fragment was aligned with the apical part of the tooth fragment. The prepared post space was acid etched and bonded. The post was then luted with dual-cure resin cement (Multilink, Ivoclar, Vivadent) with 2 mm of its coronal portion extending into the chamber [Figure 1]b. Tooth fragment was reattached using resin cement. The beveled part was restored with composite. There was no need of suturing palatal gingiva since it was atraumatically separated during fragment removal. It was followed by direct composite restoration of 11 [Figure 1]d and [Figure 1]e.

One month later, clinical and radiographic examination revealed a stable reattachment of crown fragments. The palatal gingiva showed adequate approximation with the reattached tooth without formation of any pocket. Pulp sensibility testing of 11 using cold and electric pulp tests confirmed the vitality of the tooth. At 1-year follow-up visit, the clinical and radiographic examination showed a stable reattachment and good periodontal health.

In the second case, a 32-year-old male patient reported with a complaint of broken tooth in the maxillary anterior region. He had suffered from trauma 1 day back. On intraoral examination, a complicated crown root fracture of the maxillary right lateral incisor was observed. The fracture line of 12 was located supragingivally on the labial side, whereas it extended subgingivally on the palatal side. The fractured part of 21 was not completely separated from the remaining tooth and exhibited mobility. Radiographic examination revealed the fracture line. Reattachment of the fractured fragment to the remaining tooth structure using fiber post was planned. The treatment was carried out in the similar way as that for Case 1. Follow-up visits of the patient revealed successful reattachment of the tooth [Figure 2]a and [Figure 2]b.
Figure 2: Case 2 (a) preoperative photograph, (b) postoperative photograph

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   Discussion Top

Various treatment options for crown-root fractures include composite restoration, post-and-core supported prosthesis, the fragment removal and gingival reattachment, the fragment removal and the surgical exposure of the subgingival fracture, the fragment removal and the orthodontic extrusion, the fragment removal followed by surgical extrusion and the tooth removal.[8] With the advent of newer generation dentin bonding agents and adhesive materials, reattachment of the fractured fragments has become a reliable treatment modality. Reattached teeth are resistant to shear stresses, similar to the intact teeth.[9]

Longevity of the reattached teeth is the major concern in view of the success of the treatment. Most of the failures result due to trauma or nonphysiologic use of the reattached tooth. Fracture strength of the reattached teeth is the most important factor determining its longevity.[10] Reis et al. studied the effect of the reattachment technique on the fracture resistance.[11],[12] They found that simple reattachment without fragment preparation reinstated 37.1% of the intact tooth's fracture resistance, whereas buccal chamfer, superficial overcontouring, and internal groove placement restored 60.6%, 97.2%, and 90.5% of fracture resistance, respectively. Several studies have concluded that “over contour” and “internal dentinal groove” technique gives better results in comparison with other techniques.[13] In this case, internal groove placement was done to increase the fracture resistance of restored tooth. Circumferential beveling of enamel margins of the tooth as well as fragment increases the retention by an increase in surface area for bonding and masks the fracture line, which is covered with composite resin. Hence, circumferential beveling of the fractured fragment as well as remaining tooth structure was done in our case.

The success of reattachment depends on various factors including time elapsed after trauma, fracture location, the size of the fractured part, pulpal involvement, the status of root formation, periodontal condition, invasion of biological width and the type of post as well as the material used for reattachment.[14]

Fiber-reinforced posts have several advantages over metal posts. Their principal advantages are that they are passive, tooth colored, more flexible than metal posts and have modulus of elasticity close to dentin. They need minimum preparation since resin cement uses the surface irregularities for an increase in surface area for adhesion.[15] Reattachment using the fiber-reinforced resin post bonded into the root canal increases the retention of the crown's fractured fragment. It increases the fracture resistance as a result of a combination of elastic and adhesive characteristics. Thus, tooth and post move and flex as a single unit, ensuring favorable stress distribution.[16]

The material used for reattachment may affect the fracture resistance of the tooth. Reis et al. found that the technique of reattachment has a greater influence on the fracture strength of the reattached teeth than that of materials used for reattachment.[17] Singhal and Pathak compared the fracture resistance of teeth reattached using different materials including resin modified glass ionomer cement, compomer; composite resin and dual curing resin cement. Highest fracture resistance was observed with composite resin, whereas the least fracture resistance was seen with resin-modified glass ionomer cement.[18]

Occlusal relationship of the patient is critical for successful treatment. Vertical root fracture is an undesirable consequence of trauma, occlusal prematurities, heavy masticatory forces or iatrogenic causes. Reattachment is contraindicated in patients with unfavorable occlusal relations like deep bite or bruxism, which may lead to failure of treatment. At follow-up visits of the present case, the reattached tooth was functional and esthetically agreeable, suggestive of the successful treatment.[19] However, long-term follow-up of cases is necessary to evaluate the longevity of reattached teeth, lack of which is a limitation in our cases.

Reattachment restores the original anatomic shape, color characteristics and surface morphology of the fractured tooth. It requires no or minimal tooth preparation, thereby conserving the original tooth structure. The technique is simple, faster, and more cost-effective.[4],[10],[20]

   Conclusion Top

Tooth fragment reattachment using fiber-reinforced post and original tooth fragment is a simple and efficient technique for the treatment of fractured anterior teeth. It appears to offer optimum esthetic and functional outcome.

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