Evaluation of different Apexification treatments of teeth with immature apices and apical periodontitis on the fractal dimensions of trabecular bone


Australian Endodontic Journal, vol.47, no.2, pp.163-169, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/aej.12441
  • Journal Name: Australian Endodontic Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.163-169
  • Keywords: apexification, calcium hydroxide, fractal analysis, mineral trioxide aggregate


© 2020 Australian Society of Endodontology IncThe aim of the present study was to investigate in the fractal dimension (FD) time-dependent changes of periapical bone after two different apexification treatments in teeth with immature apices and apical periodontitis. This study included 55 cases treated with apexification. Cases were divided into two groups: a calcium hydroxide group and a mineral trioxide aggregate group. In each case, the lesion area was evaluated by fractal analysis on periapical radiographs obtained before and 1-year after treatment via Image-J program. The FD of each region of interest on the radiographs was calculated using the fractal analysis method. The data were statistically analysed. In both groups, the FD values increased compare to initial at 1-year follow-up after treatment (P <.05). There was no statistically significant difference between the groups in terms of the time-dependent increase in FD values (P = 0.118). In the present study, time-dependent changes in FD were independent of the apexification method.